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Kerala plans unique botanical garden


July 12th, 2012 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) is working out a plan to set up a unique botanical garden to showcase the flora and fauna found abundantly ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Biodiversity project launched in Himachal


July 3rd, 2012 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, July 3 (IANS) A national project to access genetic resources, their economic values and share their benefits was launched in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday.The Rs.46-crore United Nations Environment Programme-Global Environment ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

‘Suspect’ in bee colony deaths found


June 9th, 2012 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 9 (IANS) A parasitic mite that is killing honey bee colonies around the world through a virus has been identified, a media report said.Bee populations have been falling ... Read more...

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Bees help flowers grow same hues across oceans


June 8th, 2012 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 8 (IANS) Plants separated by vast oceans and 34 million years evolved to produce the same coloured flower petals because of their reliance on bees for pollination, according ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Seagrass can help mitigate climate change


May 23rd, 2012 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 23 (IANS) Seagrasses can hold as much carbon as the world's temperate and tropical forests and play an important role in mitigating in climate change, says a first ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Chandy launches logo for biodiversity clubs in colleges


April 27th, 2012 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 27 (IANS) As a first step in setting up biodiversity clubs in all educational institutions in Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday released the club logo.This new initiative ... Read more...

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Kerala announces strict measures against bio-piracy


April 11th, 2012 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 11 (IANS) The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) Wednesday announced strict measures to prevent bio-piracy.K.P. Laladhas, member-secretary of the newly-constituted board, said that a few important decisions have ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Kerala to set up biodiversity panel in all local bodies


November 10th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 10 (IANS) Kerala has become one of the first states in the country where all the 978 local village bodies have completed the formation of a Biodiversity Management ... Read more...

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Kerala seeks tighter laws to prevent bio-piracy


September 14th, 2011 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 14 (IANS) Kerala, which likes to call itself "God's own country" and is home to a staggering 10,035 plant species and 4,600 flowering plants, has sought tighter laws ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Crop with deeper roots could slash CO2 levels


August 4th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 4 (IANS) Rearing crops whose roots burrow a metre deeper into the ground than those of existing plants could slash carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Douglas Kell, professor of ... Read more...

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Kill workplace stress with potted plants on your desk


June 12th, 2011 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 12 (IANS) If you feel stressed and exhausted while in office, keeping potted plants on your desk could have a health benefit, a new study says.In the study ... Read more...

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Succulent plants emerged after Earth cooled, dried up


May 4th, 2011 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A team of biologists have determined that cacti, succulent plants and tropical grasses emerged as the Earth cooled, increased in aridity, and had lower atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels.Brown University ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Loch fossils show how photosynthesis, sexual reproduction started


April 14th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 14 (ANI): Scientists have discovered fossils from remote lochs along the west coast of Scotland that help to explain how photosynthesis and sexual reproduction were made possible.A team of scientists ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New genetic study helps solve Darwin’s mystery of evolution of flowering plants


April 11th, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 11 (ANI): A new study has suggested the evolution and diversification of the more than 300,000 living species of flowering plants may have been "jump started" much earlier than previously ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Seedless custard apples set to become next bananas


March 15th, 2011 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Custard apple, or cherimoya -'the most delicious fruit known to man' as Mark Twain called it - is all set to go seedless, thanks to the efforts by ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Himachal to set up climate study centre


March 9th, 2011 - 6:27 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 9 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will set up a centre to study the impact of the changing environment on climate, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said Wednesday.The centre will ... Read more...

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45mn-yr-old pollen shows Florida is 10 to 15mn yrs older than thought


March 7th, 2011 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 7 (ANI): A new study of 45-million-year-old pollen from Pine Island west of Fort Myers has suggested that Florida could be 10 million to 15 million years older than previously ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Control center’ for sperm production discovered


February 3rd, 2011 - 12:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 03 (ANI): A new study into the intricacies of sex in flowering plants have shown that a gene in plants, called DUO1, acts as a master switch to ensure twin ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Flowers produce chemicals to keep greedy bees at bay: Study


February 2nd, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): It is no secret that many flowering plants have evolved structures that prevent pollinators such as bees from taking too much pollen.Now, Swiss researchers have produced experimental ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Global warming may be impacting blooming cycle of plants


November 17th, 2010 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 17 (ANI): A University of Cincinnati research has shown that global warming may be impacting the blooming cycle of plants.According to the research, native plants in southwestern Ohio are ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Plants that reproduce asexually prone to earlier extinction


November 9th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 9 (ANI): A new study claimed that plants that can pollinate themselves are vulnerable to extinction.The research believes that short-term perks of being able reproduce alone comes with a long-term ... Read more...

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Indian brides ready to welcome Barack Obama


November 7th, 2010 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) Women dressed in bridal finery, wearing lehengas and saris, will Sunday welcome the Obamas in a traditionally Indian manner with flowers as strains of the shehnai ... Read more...

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100-million-year-old gene mutation provides snapshot of evolution


October 19th, 2010 - 5:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): Researchers have uncovered a snapshot of evolution in progress, by tracing how a gene mutation over 100 million years ago led flowers to make male and female parts ... Read more...

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Gubernatorial style bashes for Meghalaya’s centenarians


October 6th, 2010 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Shillong, Oct 6 (IANS) Meghalaya residents who attain 100 years of age can now celebrate the event at the Raj Bhavan, thanks to an initiative by Governor R.S Mooshahary."I will invite anyone ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Species accumulating on Earth at slower rates than in the past: Study


September 30th, 2010 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 30 (ANI): A new study has revealed that species are still accumulating on Earth but at a slower rate than in the past.Computational biologists at the University of Pennsylvania developed ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

One in five of the world’s plants facing extinction


September 29th, 2010 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 29 (IANS) One in five of the world's plants is likely to become extinct.The first study of its kind estimates that up to 100,000 species are in danger of disappearing ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

50 mn-year-old sunflower evokes memories of Van Gogh painting


September 24th, 2010 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 24 (IANS) The bold strokes and colours vividly remind one of Vincent van Gogh's renowned sunflower paintings. The similarity is no accident, for this ancient masterpiece, going back 50 million years, ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Wildfires ‘aided’ early flowering plants


September 19th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 19 (ANI): Scientists have said that the spread of early flowering plants 145-65 million years ago was boosted by wildfires.Higher temperatures and atmospheric oxygen levels established "angiosperm fire cycles", which ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Resolving Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ of flower biodiversity


September 17th, 2010 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 17 (ANI): Darwin might have described flower diversification as an 'abominable mystery', but now University of Calgary scientists have come closer to resolving this longstanding puzzle.Drs. Jana Vamosi and Steven ... Read more...

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Bharatpur bird sanctuary to get water - finally


August 28th, 2010 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS
By Anil Sharma Jaipur, Aug 28 (IANS) The famous Bharatpur bird sanctuary, which has been losing its winged visitors due to an acute shortage of water, is set to get a new lease ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Honeybees may have evolved to be ‘cleverer’ in the morning


August 8th, 2010 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 08 (ANI): A new study has found that honeybees are cleverer in the morning.The study found that the earliest rising bees catch the best flower and ultimately the best meal ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cucumber, melon’s common ancestor originated in Asia


July 21st, 2010 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 20 (ANI): Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) and honeydew melon (C. melo) have long been thought to have originated and diversified in Africa. However, wild populations which evolved into melons and cucumbers ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Flower power also makes tropics cooler, wetter


July 20th, 2010 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 20 (IANS) The world is a cooler, wetter place thanks to flowering plants. The effect is particularly pronounced in the Amazon basin, where replacing flowering plants with non-flowering varieties would ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Thousands of undiscovered plant species face extinction


July 8th, 2010 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 8 (IANS) Faced with threats like habitat loss and climate change, many thousands of rare flowering plant species worldwide may become extinct even before discovery. "Scientists have estimated that there ... Read more...

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Extinction threatens thousands of undiscovered plant species


July 8th, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 08 (ANI): Thousands of plant species, threatened with habitat loss and climate change, may become extinct before scientists can discover them, according to a three American and British researchers."Scientists have ... Read more...

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