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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in soils are known to improve crop productivity. But what if the soil is saline, contaminated with arsenic and is flooded for rice cultivation? How do we improve the diversity and population of these fungi?
The variations in the flow of fresh water from rivers into estuaries change salinity and the prawns migrate into the sea. Damming rivers can change affect the life cycle of estuarine prawns, say researchers.
Vaibhav D. Bhatt and his team from the Saurashtra University, Gujarat have a simple suggestion for treating inflammation of udders in cows. They find that the extract of the fruit powder of Terminalia chebula, a common medicinal tree in India, is effective in treating the infection.
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.