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Acrobatics of the Indian Roller: A birdbrained ballet! 

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September 12, 2021

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.

Mint Money from Mint

When should we plant mint? How should it be planted? At what density of plantation? Scientists from CSIR-CIMAP explore the best practices in mint cultivation to maximise farmers income.

Why don’t ants have traffic jams?

Army ants are blind. Yet a few thousands of them behave coherently to create large scale patterns of fast paced raids. Physicists from IIT Kanpur investigate the biosocial phenomenon.

Ashwagandha: Wait for winter or grow in lab?

Ashwagandha sown in winter produces more active ingredients, say scientists from CIMAP Lucknow. Why waste time, produce more active ingredients by hairy root culture, say researchers from Tamilnadu.

Nanotechnology: boosting rice germination and growth

Germination capacity and seedling growth of basmati rice tend reduce with age. Shadma Afzal and Nand K Singh from NIT Allahabad show how easy it is to surmount the problem by priming seeds with iron nanoparticles.

Priming Rice Seeds for Productivity

Researchers from IIT Kharagpur delved into bacterial endophytes that help improve the health, growth and productivity of rice. They have come up with nine species from four bacterial genera for priming rice seeds to improve productivity.

Priming Seeds to Reduce Arsenic Toxicity

Priming seeds with 2-oxoglutarate, a intermediate between carbohydrate and protein metabolic pathways, alleviate the symptoms of arsenic toxicity and reduces accumulation of arsenic in plants. Researchers from Allahabad provide evidence.

Tilapia Lake Virus: risk to rohu?

Tilapia lake virus is a RNA virus. RNA viruses are famous for evolving and switching hosts. So is co-culturing tilapia and rohu safe for aquaculture industry? Scientists from the ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, inquire…

Composting Crop Residue: fungi that help

Instead of burning crop residue convert it to manure. ICAR scientists searched among landfill to dig out a consortium of thermophilic fungi that can speed up the process of composting. Good quality manure in just four months.

Lantana and Parthenium: from nuisance to good news

Researchers from IARI Delhi and the Banaras Hindu University show that parthenium and lantana, considered obnoxious weeds, are actually useful for farmers, especially those with fields that have potassium deficient acidic soils.

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