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Rice Plant Disease: Automatic identification

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March 7, 2022

Some diseases of rice can destroy 80% of the crop. Timely detection of the diseases can save farmers from economic ruin. Researchers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have now developed a method to automatically detect three common rice diseases. Read on for details.

Combating Stress: yoga nidra for adolescents

While low levels of stress may be productive, unremitting high levels of stress can lead to mental ill health and suicides. How can schools counter high suicide levels among Indian students? Here’s the answer from researchers in Mangalore.

Controlling Pink Bollworm: attract to distract

Researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur suggest a solution for dealing with the pink bollworm, a problematic pest of cotton crop: use pheromones to confuse the male moths and disrupt mating. Read on for details.

Protecting Rubberwood Furniture: Bio-synthesized nanoparticles

Protecting furniture from fungal attacks, especially in monsoon, is a problem. It becomes more acute if the wood used is from the rubber tree. Scientists from the Institute of Wood Science and Technology now offer a solution.

Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

Why are people getting reinfected after CO||VID-19? Will the vaccine protect you from infection? A review by scientists in JNCASR Bengaluru will soon answer such questions.

Stress tolerant crops: genes generate increased yield

Drought, salinity and heat reduce crop yield. Is there a way to make crops tolerant to these abiotic stresses? Neelam Mishra from St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru explores in collaboration with colleagues from the US and China.

Agrochemicals in Coffee Plantations: Health risks to frogs

Researchers from the Kuvempu University find that frog species diversity in coffee plantations that use chemical fertilisers and pesticides is lower than in those plantations that do not use agrochemicals.

Paper Based Cancer Biosensor

A paper based sensor to detect cancer by researchers from Delhi Technological University, Indian Institute of Science, Delhi University and Rajkiya Engineering College. Read on for details of this low cost diagnostic device.

Water and hydrogen sulphide: Similarities in bonding

Oxygen and sulphur are found in the same column in the periodic table. But when they bond with hydrogen to form water or hydrogen sulphide, they seemed to have different properties. Now E Arunan from IISc explains why

Particulate Matter Matters: How five cities breathe

Atmospheric pollution by particulate matter of 2.5 microns higher in North Indian cities, say researchers. Out of five metros Delhi has the most suffocating air.

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