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Trichoglossum syamviswanathii

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Recent News
Discovered in February 2024
Team involved
Kerala Forest Research Institute
Botanical Survey of India
University of Hyderabad
Named after
Dr. Syam Viswanath
When
Discovery announced
February 2024
Why
Honor Dr. Syam Viswanath
Significant contributions
Forestry research in India
What
Fungus species
Part of Geoglossaceae family
Unique characteristics
"Hairy earth tongue" appearance
Significant for
Fungal biodiversity understanding
Where
Discovery location
Near Bambusetum
KFRI’s field research center
Thrissur's Palappilly, Kerala
Who
Dr. Syam Viswanath
Former KFRI director
Contributions to forestry
Discovery team members
Shambhu Kumar
Mufeeda KT
S Mahadevakumar
Chalasani Danteswari
VSRN Sarma
How
Discovery method
Morphological characteristics
Molecular phylogenetic analyses
Significance
Ecosystem role
Decomposes dead plant material
Facilitates nutrient recycling
Research importance
Further understanding
Fungal biodiversity
Western Ghats ecosystem
Challenges
Further research needed
Biological potentiality
Proximate analysis
Biological attributes
Way Forward
Potential studies
Medicinal applications
Biotechnological uses
Habitat specificity

Trichoglossum syamviswanathii is a newly discovered fungus species within the Geoglossaceae family, known for its distinctive “hairy earth tongue” appearance. Discovered in February 2024 near the Bambusetum at KFRI’s field research center in Kerala, the fungus was named in honor of Dr. Syam Viswanath, a notable forestry researcher and former director of KFRI. The discovery team included experts from KFRI, BSI, and the University of Hyderabad. This species is crucial for the decomposition of dead plant materials, playing a significant role in nutrient recycling within forest ecosystems. The discovery highlights the importance of ongoing research into the diverse flora and fauna of the Western Ghats and opens avenues for future studies on its potential medicinal or biotechnological applications.

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