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Ethanol from Wheat Straw: Cheaper pretreatment

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September 15, 2021 • Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Tamil Nadu

Researchers from IIT Madras have found a way to make the process of making ethanol from agro-waste cheaper. A move towards increasing farmers’ income, fulfilling fuel needs and reducing pollution from burning agricultural residues.

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Acrobatics of the Indian Roller: A birdbrained ballet! 

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What in the brains of male Indian roller birds make them fly so high only to shriek and fall rolling while in flight? Researchers from Allahabad University provide an answer: the seasonal changes in a part of the hippocampus in the bird’s brain.

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Jaggery-infused Coconut Chips: Healthier snack

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What do you do when you have a bumper harvest of coconuts and the price in the market goes down? Make sweet, crisp coconut chips that can be preserved packaged and sold, say ICAR scientists. Here is the method.

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Ethanol from Wheat Straw: Cheaper pretreatment

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Researchers from IIT Madras have found a way to make the process of making ethanol from agro-waste cheaper. A move towards increasing farmers’ income, fulfilling fuel needs and reducing pollution from burning agricultural residues.

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Diesel and Petrol Blend: cleaner combustion and more efficiency

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To achieve reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and increased load carrying capacity of compression ignition engines, Devendra Deshmukh and Vasudev D Chaudhari from IIT Indore suggest blending of diesel and petrol.

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Biological Control of Aphids: ladybird beetle

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Aphids suck the sap out of our crops. The zigzag ladybird is a natural predator that can control the pest. Researchers from IARI find that the ladybirds do not even have to eat the pests: the mere presence of the predator is adequate to drive away the pestilence. Read more.

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Snacks with Resveratrol: Fortifying by encapsulation 

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Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, is found to be useful to reduce stress and risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases. Is it possible to use it to fortify foods? Researchers from Kashmir University investigate.

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