The variations in the flow of fresh water from rivers into estuaries change salinity and the prawns migrate into the sea. Damming rivers can change affect the life cycle of estuarine prawns, say researchers.
Hydrogen sulphide, toxic at high concentrations, is an important part of out physiology at very low concentrations. A sensor that is sensitive enough to detect the changes in its concentrations are important in the diagnosis of many diseases. Indian researchers have now found a way, using the chromophore of a fluorescent protein.
Duckweed may be called a weed, but we may need to change our attitude to it. It may be useful to clean up aquatic ecosystems, says a research team from Doon University. The weed, of course, suffers from Ofloxacin antibiotic in water, but removes it efficiently.
S Ramaprabhu’s Alternative Energy & Nanotechnology Lab in IIT Madras reports a method to store hydrogen at room temperature. A step towards making vehicles running on hydrogen fuel.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in soils are known to improve crop productivity. But what if the soil is saline, contaminated with arsenic and is flooded for rice cultivation? How do we improve the diversity and population of these fungi?
Researchers from CSIR-IICT, CCMB and A U college of Pharmaceutical have something sweet to tell people suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Steviol glycoside from Stevia rebaudiana is a good supplement therapy.