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Duckweed in Action: Checking xenobiotic pollution

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September 26, 2019

Duckweed may be called a weed, but we may need to change our attitude to it. It may be useful to clean up aquatic ecosystems, says a research team from Doon University. The weed, of course, suffers from Ofloxacin antibiotic in water, but removes it efficiently.

Rice Mill Wastewater Cleaned by Energy Crop 

J Umamaheswari and S Shanthakumar from the Vellore Institute of Technology show that it is feasible to upscale energy crop production with wastewater from rice mills – which otherwise would pollute the environment.

Drum Composting for Household Kitchen Waste

IIT Bombay and NEERI Nagpur suggest decentralised composting of kitchen and garden waste to alleviate the urban wet gargabge problem. They developed a modified drum technique to accelerate compost production within five weeks.

Paper Industry Waste to Construction Material

Scientists from CSIR-CBRI Roorkee, IIT Roorkee and IIT Bombay tell paper mills how to avoid causing environmental harm by converting their waste materials to economically viable raw material for construction industry.

Hotspots for Stormwater Harvesting in Dehradun

Researchers from IIT Rourkee identifies the ideal sites for stormwater harvesting in Dehradun district using a web based geographic infomation system that allows public participation in decision making.

Growing nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots on carbon fabric

Nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots have incredible photocatalytic and electrocatalytic properties. Scientists have now found a way to grow them on carbon fibre, for use in cleaning polluted water.

Agrochemicals in Coffee Plantations: Health risks to frogs

Researchers from the Kuvempu University find that frog species diversity in coffee plantations that use chemical fertilisers and pesticides is lower than in those plantations that do not use agrochemicals.

Subterranean Snakehead Fish: Floods reveal hidden ecosystem

Last year’s floods in Kerala brought out a new snakehead fish from the underground aquifers. 90% of the fish diversity in the Western Ghats is still unknown to science, say scientists. Kudos to the alertness of scientists in KUFOS Kochi that led to the identification of a new species of fish.

Making Boats with Discarded Fishing Nets

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

Moringa Seed Dip-bag to Purify Water

Researchers from Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh suggest moringa seed powder in dip bags to remove pathogenic bacteria from water. Read more.

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