Hotspots of rattan found in Western Ghats


  • Utilising niche modelling to predict areas of high rattan diversity, the scientists have identified three rattan hotspots in the Western Ghats.
  • The discovery was made near the Agastyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Silent Valley-Mukurthi National Parks and Coorg-Wayanad regions in the Western Ghats.

More Details:

  • Rattan or cane is a light and flexible climbing palms species.
  • More than half a million people are directly employed in harvesting and processing rattan in Southeast Asia, including India.
  • All these areas fall outside existing protected area networks, where excessive unsustainable harvests could be a problem.


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