Winter season bloomer Hairy Bergenia Bergenia ciliata (Haw.) Sternb. (Saxifragales: Saxifragaceae), an important winter forage for diverse insect groups

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Aseesh Pandey
Ravindra K. Joshi
Bhawana Kapkoti Negi


Pollinators can play an important role in production improvement in organic farming.  It is, therefore, essential to ensure their year-round availability, particularly in winter season in Sikkim Himalaya.  Thus, attempts were made to explore resources which could support and provide switching over platforms to pollinators during the winter season.  Among the few observed forage species, Bergenia ciliata was found to be an important species that supports a diverse group of pollinators by providing the necessary forage.  Therefore, B. ciliata is to be protected and managed to provide forage to pollinator insects during winter season.


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Aseesh Pandey, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan,  Environment and Sustainable Development, Sikkim Unit, Pangthang, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101, India.

Research Associate

Biodiversity conservation and Management group

Ravindra K. Joshi, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Kosi-katarmal, Almora, Uttarakhand 263643, India.

Biodiversity conservation,

Project Coordinator