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Pesticide that doesn’t leave residue on cardamom

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November 22, 2019

Cardamom exports from India have suffered from rejection due to presence of fertilisers. Stanley Johnson and a team from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore has a suggestion to save cardamom from insect pests without leaving pesticide residues on the product.

Rice Mill Wastewater Cleaned by Energy Crop 

J Umamaheswari and S Shanthakumar from the Vellore Institute of Technology show that it is feasible to upscale energy crop production with wastewater from rice mills – which otherwise would pollute the environment.

Growing nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots on carbon fabric

Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots have incredible photocatalytic and electrocatalytic properties. Scientists have now found a way to grow them on carbon fibre, for use in cleaning polluted water.

Anti-Cancer compounds from marine crab hemolymph

Researchers from the Annamalai University and CSIR-NIO Goa fish for anticancer compounds in the hemolymph of the marine crab Dromia dehaani. Shingolipids surface as potential adjuvant to cancer therapy. Click to read more.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Palmyra sprouts biochar 

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.

Making Boats with Discarded Fishing Nets

Discarded fishnets cause havoc in marine environment. So use it to make fishing boats and save on fibreglass in the composite, advise researchers from Tamil Nadu

Hyaluronic Acid from Lactococcus lactis

Researchers from IIT Madras bioengineered bacteria used in diary industries to produce hyaluronic acid. Hyluronic acid has many applications including in biological implants.

Smart Cloth – sensing poisonous gas and filtering UV

Researchers from SASTRA University and IIT Delhi have come up with a textile that can protect you from UV radiations. The fabric can also warn you of the presence of poisonous gases.

Documenting  Discrimination: Perceptions of plant gender

Plants that bear either male or female flowers differ in their medicinal properties depending on the sex of the plant. Do Ayurveda practitioners and folk healers distinguish the distinct properties of male and female plants?

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 ›

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