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Rice Plant Disease: Automatic identification

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March 7, 2022

Some diseases of rice can destroy 80% of the crop. Timely detection of the diseases can save farmers from economic ruin. Researchers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have now developed a method to automatically detect three common rice diseases. Read on for details.

Rice and Fodder Intercropping: Improving yield and income sustainability

Marginal farmers cultivating rice in rainfed areas of Odisha will have better yield and income stability if they intercrop rice with leguminous crops such as cowpea or ricebean, say researchers in Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology. Read more for details.

No Tilling, No Burning: For sustainable soil health 

In the rice-wheat cycle practiced by farmers in North-West India, crop residue is burnt, creating pollution and reducing soil productivity. It is possible to have three crops per year if conservation agriculture is practiced by farmers in the region, say ICAR scientists.

Detecting Road Damage: Using smartphone images

A smartphone on a vehicle windshield picks up an image of damaged road, geotags and sends them to cloud storage. An algorithm classifies the damage, alerts authorities to take action. Future of road maintenance technology from IIT Roorkee.

Research Round Up 1: COVID-19

What are Indian researchers doing about COVID-19? Sileesh Mullasseri, KUFOS, Kochi investigates the publications between 15th and 31st January.

Detecting Bismuth Pollution: A fluorescent chemosensor

Bismuth is a highly useful metal for engineers. And bismuth compounds abound in medicine. Yet high doses can dangerous. So we need a method to detect it in food, water and environment. Researchers from Coimbatore have now come up with one.

Mercury and Methylmercury: detect and discriminate

Mercury in the environment is dangerous to human health. Methyl mercury is even more so. Nilanjan Dey from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad has designed a cost effective and highly sensitive method to detect both.

Chitosan Properties: source matters

More than two decades ago, a team from CSIR-NCL started inquiring into the basic science of the felicity of fungi to shift forms between yeast and hyphae. Now they are homing in on applications. Here are the details of the first one.

Combating Stress: yoga nidra for adolescents

While low levels of stress may be productive, unremitting high levels of stress can lead to mental ill health and suicides. How can schools counter high suicide levels among Indian students? Here’s the answer from researchers in Mangalore.

Detecting Ovarian Cancer

Researchers from IIT Hyderabad and IIT Bombay collaborated to come up with a method to detect ovarian cancer. They attached antibodies against fibronectin, a protein, to porous carbon derived from sweet corn husk to make the biosensor.

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