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=> Oryza rufipogon, a rare species of wild rice was found in a two hectare plot of land near Borjuli Tea Estate in Sonitpur district.
=> The wild rice Rufipogon is also known as brown beard rice.
=> It is a perennial, tufted grass which grows in shallow water.
=> The particular rice species is flood resistant and tolerant to acid soil.
=> The state government acquisitioned the crop growing area last year soon after the discovery of the rice species which is now under the process of being declared as a Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS).
Biodiversity Heritage Sites:
=> Under Section 37 of Biological Diversity Act, 2002 (BDA) the State Government in consultation with local bodies may notify in the official gazette, areas of biodiversity importance as Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS).
=> “Biodiversity Heritage Sites” (BHS) are well defined areas that are unique, ecologically fragile ecosystems – terrestrial, coastal and inland waters and, marine having rich biodiversity.
=> There are 18 Biodiversity Heritage Sites in India.
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