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Cash from Cashew

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July 19, 2019

Cashew nut factories in India now have more capacity than the nuts they can churn out. Farmers are not happy with the returns on investment. Here is a mini-review on recent discoveries that may change the situation.

Endangered Malabar Mahseer

Scientists from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi clear the confusions about the identity of Malabar mahaseer, Tor malabaricus. Using mitochondrial DNA, they establish that it is different from Tor khudree, settling a century old debate.

How do Bees see Colours?

Bees need to identify flowers. How do their compound eyes see the world? Do they see the flowers in the same colours as us? Researchers from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, the University College and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram join hands to find out.

Banana Cultivation Practices: tradition meets science

Scientists from the Kerala Agricultural University, the Gandhigram Rural Institute investigate traditional banana cultivation practices in Kerala with the scientific basis. A challenge to scientists to find scientific rationale for successful crop cultivation practices.

Subterranean Snakehead Fish: Floods reveal hidden ecosystem

Last year’s floods in Kerala brought out a new snakehead fish from the underground aquifers. 90% of the fish diversity in the Western Ghats is still unknown to science, say scientists. Kudos to the alertness of scientists in KUFOS Kochi that led to the identification of a new species of fish.

Hydropriming improves osmotic tolerance in green gram

Jisha and Jos from Calicut university has a tip for growing green gram: soak the seeds in water for a few hours before sowing.

Lead Drugs from Brown Seaweed

Seaweeds are a predominant component of marine flora. There are several species of seaweed or macroalgae: red, brown and green. Seaweeds are a rich source of many bioactive secondary metabolites with extraordinary medicinal properties, ripe for industrial exploitation. Recently, Kajal Chakraborty and team from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin discovered sulphated polysaccharide in… Read More ›

Increasing Rubber Productivity

Rubber latex is the blood that runs through the veins of Kerala’s economy. From acres of plantations to small groves in backyards, Hevea brasiliensis is tapped for its natural latex, with unique properties that can’t be matched by synthetic polymers. There have been many interventions to improve rubber productivity: budding, identifying clones for better yield… Read More ›

Mapping Kerala’s mangoes: MangoDB

If you plant a seed from a tasty mango, it does not necessarily give you a tree that produces tasty fruits. That is because of extensive cross pollination in mango. This cross pollination itself is the basis of large genetic variability of mango seen in India. Interestingly, our country is the centre of origin as… Read More ›

Diagnosing Depression: Egged on by EEG

Electroencephalograms record brain activity non-invasively and have been used to study depression since the 1930s. Yet depression continues to strike celebrity and commoner alike. A timely diagnosis, could, perhaps, save lives. Generally, specialists rely on time consuming questionnaires and sessions. Now, with colleagues from Singapore, Malaysia and the US,  D P Subha from the NIT… Read More ›

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