The world is throwing away more than 2 million tonnes of fish scales as waste every year. Muhamed Ashraf and team from the ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi have now found a way to convert the waste to wealth.
Aphids suck the sap out of our crops. The zigzag ladybird is a natural predator that can control the pest. Researchers from IARI find that the ladybirds do not even have to eat the pests: the mere presence of the predator is adequate to drive away the pestilence. Read more.
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.
How can food industries select bananas at the right stage of ripeness for making various kinds of products? Easy, say researchers from Coimbatore. They have trained a machine learning algorithm to do just that.
Hydroponic cultivation of coconut trees? Yes, it is possible, and you could even reduce the need for nutrients, say researchers from ICAR-CPCRI, Kasargod, god’s own country. It could reduce the pressure on land for coconut cultivation.
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.
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.
Breeding better varieties using conventional seed selection is not possible in jasmine, propagated vegitatively. So researchers in IIT Kharagpur used gamma irradiation on jasmine cuttings to induce mutations that enhance the fragrance of jasmine. Read on for details.
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 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.