A space-based microbe, and now a medicinal plant named for Indian President

Main report: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Now Has A New Medicinal Plant Species Named After Him
(NDTV (India))

Scientific Paper: Phytotaxa   
New Taxa: Drypetes kalamii
Species named for: India President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Categories: New Species | Plants

Indian scientists scouting the foothills of Darjeeling have discovered a new plant species and they have lovingly named it after India’s ‘people’s president’ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.  The shrub was found growing in the forests of Jaldapara and Buxa National Parks in West Bengal.  Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory had earlier named a new microbe Solibacillus kalamii in honour of Dr Kalam, which has been found only in space, on the International Space Station (story).

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