New Plant Species Discovered in Antarctica By Indian Biologist

New species of moss discovered by scientists from Bathinda.

New Plant Species Discovered in Antarctica By Indian Biologist
Bryum bharatiensis. Courtesy: Twitter

Biologists from the Central University of Punjab have discovered a new species of moss in Continental Antarctica. The species has been named Bryum bharatiensis after one of the remotest Indian research stations in the desert continent of Antarctica. Coincidentally, the name also pays tribute to the Hindu Deity Bharati, who is the Goddess of learning.

The plant was first discovered growing on some rocks near the research station by Dr. Felix Bast, a polar and marine biologist who heads the Department of Botany in the Central University of Punjab. He was part of the Indian Antarctic Expedition 2016-17.