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Gondwana Sandstones of Arunachal

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October 12, 2020

Researchers from the Dibrugarh University and the Geological Survey of India dig up the past history of the Gondwana sandstones in Arunachal Pradesh. They enquire into the conditions when these sandstones were deposited.

Photonic Crystal to Diagnose Malaria

Diagnosing malaria is difficult because there are different Plasmodium species producing wide variations in symptoms. And blood smear test often gives false negatives. Researchers from three colleges in Bikaner have now come up with a new faster and more accurate, diagnostic tool.

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.

Onion Production: Bacteria at the roots

Onion roots don’t stretch too far and for optimum use of surrounding soil fertility, depend on help from soil microbes. Researchers from the Punjab Agricultural University show that a consortium of such bacteria can reduce fertiliser use and increase production.

Transportation Stress in Goats: jaggery and vitamin C to rescue

When transporting goats in vehicles to markets or to abattoirs, they undergo severe stress. Vitamin C and jaggery can help maintain the quality of goats at such times, say researchers from NDRI, Karnal and SKUAST-Kashmir.

Salinity Tolerant Pearl Millet: Role of MicroRNA

Pearl millet is more tolerant to soil salinity than most other crops. Scientists from ICRISAT Hyderabad along with researchers from other parts of the world have now started uncovering the secrets of the success of survival of the crop under salinity. One more step towards sustainable agriculture under the threat of increasing soil salinity.

Epidemiology of TB: Mathematics of transmission

Tuberculosis occurrence rates seem to pulsate in time, according to a stochastic model of TB transmission. Researchers from JNU, New Delhi inquire to seek solutions. Read on.

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.

Groundwater Recharge Zones: Machines learn to predict

Which are the best areas to construct groundwater recharge structures to overcome the outcome of overexploitation of groundwater resources? How can we leverage on machine learning to make sense of the abundance of data on the factors that determine groundwater recharge? And map the recharge potential? N Sadhasivam from the Bharathidasan University explores.

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.

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