GRASSNEST in brief


A schematic representation of a typical ‘Grass spikelet’ (inflorescence unit of grasses ~ Agrostology) that bearing various parts (from bottom to top): lower glume, upper glume, lower lemma, upper lemma and paleate flower.

Also represents the greatPanchamahabhoothas( five fundamental elements ~ Indology) of ‘Matter’ (from bottom to top):  Akash (Ether), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Ap (Water) and Prithvi (planet Earth).

 ‘Pookkodu lake’ of Wayanad, the highest (c.800 m above MSL) freshwater ecosystem of Kerala and is the source of the Kabani, one of the main eastern flowing river of South India  


~ To promote and encourage study & research in Taxonomy, Biogeography & Agrostology

~ To spread the awareness in Indology, Eco/e-publishing, Eco-spirituality & Green politics


Research, Survey, Documentation, Publications and Outreach.

Agave americanaGRASSNEST  C o n t r i b u t o r s

Dr. M.S.Kiranraj, M.Sc., Ph.D.(Botany): University of Calicut (CU), India

Mrs. Radhika Raj, M. Sc. (Bio-Tech) : Cochin University of Science and Technology(CUSAT), India

M.S. Arunraj, BSc (Physics); BLiSc: Mahathma Gandhi University (MGU), India

GRASSNEST  C o n t a c t

GRASSNEST e- P u b l i c a t i o n s

DIMERIA : An on-line Bulletin from 2010 onwards.

GRASSNEWS : An on-line Newsletter, from 2010 onwards.

GrassNET : An on-line Journal, from 2010 onwards.

PRAKKULAM : An on-line Magazine, from 2010 onwards

NatureNET : An on-line travelogue, from 2012 onwards

EYE BOOK : Book reviews in Malayalam, from 2013 onwards

Papilio buddha, Malabar Banded Peacock or Buddha's Peacock
Papilio buddha (commonly known as Buddha’s Peacock or Malabar Banded Peacock), a little known and endangered butterfly species of Western Ghats ~ Kiranraj, M.S. 2002. Buddha’s peacock revisited in Malabar. Atropos 41: 55-56


Recognition The GRASSNEST, a non-profit on-line project, was founded in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, and is enlisted the multimedia resource page of United Nations-Convention on Biological Diversity (UN-CBD


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The blog is developed and maintained by GRASSNEST. All photographs made by Kiranraj M.S. Courtesy to all Stakeholders.


A plant science researcher and a grass enthusiast
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