News: For the first time, Himachal Pradesh (HP) has begun the commercial cultivation of liquorice (Mulethi) with the distribution of planting material among the farmers by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)- Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT)

 Mulethi is a sweet-tasting perennial shrub (roots have a sweet taste due to the presence of glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sucrose) that has been used as medicine in Ayurveda (known in Ayurveda as ‘Yashtimadhu’) for rejuvenation.
 It thrives in a dry and sunny climate and is cultivated in subtropical and warm temperate regions.

About CSIR:
 It is an autonomous body that has emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India. CSIR is also among the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisations. It comes under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
 The Prime Minister of India heads CSIR.
 Its founders are Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar

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