India: New spring garden at PAU to push flower research

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The newly developed Spring Garden at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), besides giving a fresh and colorful welcome to those on the campus, will also be helpful to the scientists in carrying out research on the flowers and motivate farmers towards floriculture.

In the newly developed Spring Garden on the campus, there are 40 annual varieties of flowers, with 20 varieties of bulbous flowers and tulips being the main attraction, which otherwise are not found in Punjab.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, vice-chancellor, said there were three main aims behind developing this garden, the first being a clean and green environment, the second being education, and the third being for research purposes. Scientists will research developing new varieties or improving on the ones present, while farmers will research this aspect for diversification in farming and commercialization of the same.

PAU had procured eight different varieties of tulip bulbs from Holland through a private firm in Delhi which are now blooming on the campus. PAU also has its own research station in Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, where they will multiply tulips and re-plant them in October again.


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