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Funds from Fish Scales

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July 11, 2021

The world is throwing away more than 2 million tonnes of fish scales as waste every year. Muhamed Ashraf and team from the ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi have now found a way to convert the waste to wealth.

Tolerance of Coconut Plants to Seawater

Hydroponic cultivation of coconut trees? Yes, it is possible, and you could even reduce the need for nutrients, say researchers from ICAR-CPCRI, Kasargod, god’s own country. It could reduce the pressure on land for coconut cultivation.

Local Magnetic Field: Earthquake precursor?

The disturbances in the horizontal component of the earth’s magnetic field are not the same in different magnetic field stations. Researchers from the University of Kerala suggest that monitoring the correlations in the ratio of signals from magnetic field stations can help forecast earthquakes.

Expanding peafowl distribution in Kerala

Sanjo Jose and P O Nameer, from the Kerala Agricultural University were puzzled about increased sightings of peacocks in Kerala. Investigating into the environmental and climatic factors that increase distribution of peafowl, they find that the species may soon extent its territory in Kerala.

Essential oils to preserve fruits and vegetables

Essential oils from Garlic is great to keep fungal infections on vegetables and fruits. But add essential oils from sesamum and Acorus calamus and you have a fantastic preservative even for soft fruit like plums that spoil easily.

Mahabali in a Well: new snakehead fish

When people saw a new snakehead fish in a well in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, they were confused. Which is this strange fish? Scientists from the ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Kochi now tell us the answer.

Cash from Cashew

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.

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