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Oedocladium sahyadricum

29th May, 2024 Environment

Oedocladium sahyadricum

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  • A group of psychologists from the Department of Botany at Catholicate College in Pathanamthitta has discovered a new algal species in the Western Ghats.

Oedocladium sahyadricum

  • It was discovered in the natural forests of Kumbhavurutty region in Kollam.
  • This is the first time a species in the Oedocladium category has been recorded in Kerala.
  • The name ‘sahyadricum’ refers to the Western Ghats, also known as Sahyadri, which is rich in plant diversity and provides ideal conditions for the growth of terrestrial microalgae.
  • This discovery has been published in Taiwania, an International Journal of Biodiversity.
  • The species, looks like moss protonema, is velvety green but turns yellowish-green as it matures.
  • Application:
    • In medicine, agriculture, and in the production of a natural pigment, astaxanthin which is well-documented for its unique biological activities and health benefits.




Q. Which of the following statements about "Oedocladium sahyadricum" is correct?

A) It was discovered in the forests of Kumbhavurutty region in Karnataka.

B) This species belongs to the Oedocladium category, which is commonly found in Kerala.

C) The name 'sahyadricum' refers to the Eastern Ghats.

D) The species appears velvety green throughout its lifecycle.

Correct Answer: B)