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Making Boats with Discarded Fishing Nets

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May 25, 2019

Discarded fishnets cause havoc in marine environment. So use it to make fishing boats and save on fibreglass in the composite, advise researchers from Tamil Nadu

Hydropriming improves osmotic tolerance in green gram

Jisha and Jos from Calicut university has a tip for growing green gram: soak the seeds in water for a few hours before sowing.

Lead Drugs from Brown Seaweed

Seaweeds are a predominant component of marine flora. There are several species of seaweed or macroalgae: red, brown and green. Seaweeds are a rich source of many bioactive secondary metabolites with extraordinary medicinal properties, ripe for industrial exploitation. Recently, Kajal Chakraborty and team from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin discovered sulphated polysaccharide in… Read More ›

Increasing Rubber Productivity

Rubber latex is the blood that runs through the veins of Kerala’s economy. From acres of plantations to small groves in backyards, Hevea brasiliensis is tapped for its natural latex, with unique properties that can’t be matched by synthetic polymers. There have been many interventions to improve rubber productivity: budding, identifying clones for better yield… Read More ›

Mapping Kerala’s mangoes: MangoDB

If you plant a seed from a tasty mango, it does not necessarily give you a tree that produces tasty fruits. That is because of extensive cross pollination in mango. This cross pollination itself is the basis of large genetic variability of mango seen in India. Interestingly, our country is the centre of origin as… Read More ›

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