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Now, geraniums that won’t make you sneeze


August 31st, 2012 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 31 (IANS) Scientists have developed a strain of geraniums that would be completely harmless to allergy sufferers and pose no risk to natural varieties of the plant because ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Asian spice museum opens in Thailand


May 17th, 2012 - 8:32 am ICT by IANS
Bangkok, May 17 (IANS) A museum of Asian spices, founded by a Russian businessman, has opened in Thailand's Pattaya city, RIA Novosti reported.The Asian Spicy Garden, which occupies 5,000 square ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

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’s only tribal village under threat


April 18th, 2012 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 18 (IANS) Tucked away inside a heavily forested area, Kerala's only Scheduled Tribes (ST) panchayat Idamalakkudy is home to some of the world's most endangered plant species but ... Read more...

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UAE launches wildlife conservation project


April 15th, 2012 - 12:48 am ICT by IANS
Abu Dhabi, April 14 (IANS/WAM) The UAE has launched a project to protect the wildlife and the fragile ecosystem of the Jebel Hafit mountain in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.The ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

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 |

Disappearing ice altering ecosystem subtly


April 9th, 2012 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 9 (IANS) Shrinking sea ice, snow and glaciers, especially in high-latitude regions where water is frozen for sometime, the cryosphere, is affecting the ecosystem in hidden ways.Scientists have ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Kerala to streamline medicinal plants production


December 19th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 (IANS) With the international market for medicinal plants estimated to be around $60 billion and their exports from India crossing Rs.3,000 crore ($567 million), Kerala -- home ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

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...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Rising temperatures could render some species homeless


November 7th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 7 (IANS) Mass migration of animal and plant species, forced by rising temperatures, could leave some marine species virtually homeless. An international team, led by Mike Burrows from ... Read more...

Posted in World |

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 |

Kerosene to combat African snails in Kerala


August 10th, 2011 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 10 (IANS) First sighted in Kerala about five years ago, Giant African Snails have now become a permanent headache across the state. But locals have found a remedy ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Thailand seizes 451 turtles smuggled into plane luggage


June 2nd, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by BNO News
BANGKOK, THAILAND (BNO NEWS) -- Thai airport customs officials discovered and seized 451 turtles packed into several suitcases after arriving from Bangladesh, officials said Thursday.Director-General Prasong Poontanet of the Thai Customs Department ... Read more...

Posted in Thailand |

Ants defend their host tree


May 22nd, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 22 (IANS) Ants fend off competing plant species by marking their host tree with chemical signals in the depths of tropical rainforests."The ants inhabit hollow channels inside the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives a performance for plants


March 24th, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Mar 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has given a performance to a rare audience - plants.The performance was on the request of a shopping channel to test the hypothesis ... Read more...

Posted in Odd news |

New plant species offers insights into how evolution works


March 18th, 2011 - 6:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 18 (ANI): Scientists have revealed that a new plant species is providing an insight into how evolution works and could help improve crop plants.The new plant species, Tragopogon miscellus, appeared ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Orchid wears the scent of death to attract flies for pollination


March 15th, 2011 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 15 (ANI): Orchid Satyrium pumilum lures flies into its flowers by mimicking the smell of rotting flesh, according to a new study.The orchid S. pumilum is found in sandy, moist ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Loss of plant diversity ‘disrupting Earth’s life-support systems’


March 8th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): Plant communities-threatened by development, invasive species, climate change, and other factors-provide humans with food, help purify water supplies, generate oxygen, and supply raw materials for building, clothing, paper, ... 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 |

Plants moved downhill, not up, in warming world: Study


January 21st, 2011 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 21 (ANI): A University of California, Davis, study has challenged a widely held assumption that plants will move uphill in response to warmer temperatures.Between 1930 and 2000, instead of colonizing ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Brit experts complete A-Z botanical database of 1.25mn plants


December 31st, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 31 (ANI): Botany experts from the UK and US have compiled the most comprehensive plant list to date - the team has completed database of every plant name on the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

China most likely to be affected by 2011 EU herbal medicine ban


December 30th, 2010 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec. 30 (ANI): The European Union has decided to go ahead with its ban of herbal medicines, a majority of which is manufactured in China.Hundreds of herbal remedies will be banned ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Russian archaeologists discover ancient city in Socotra Island


December 25th, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Sana'a, Dec 25 (ANI): After four-year archaeological excavations, a Russian team has discovered an ancient city in Socotra Island.The state-run 26sep.net reported that the team unearthed an ancient city called "Khajlah" located ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Evidence to confirm ginseng’s brain boosting ability is weak: Study


December 8th, 2010 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 08 (ANI): A comprehensive review of research has failed to find convincing evidence of benefits related to popular herb ginseng which many people can improve thinking ability and prevent or ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Global warming threat to tropical rainforests exaggerated


November 14th, 2010 - 12:08 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 14 (IANS) The threat to tropical rainforests from global warming may have been exaggerated, says a new study.Researchers have shown that the world's tropical forests thrived in the far distant ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Global warming 60m years ago improved Tropical forest diversity


November 12th, 2010 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): Global warming may not have any adverse effect on the Tropical forests, as scientists have suggested that nearly 60 million years ago rainforests prospered at temperatures that were ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

8 new plant species discovered in Boliva national parks


November 5th, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 05 (ANI): Missouri Botanical Garden botanists have discovered eight new plant species in northern Bolivia.The new species collected in the Madidi National Park and surrounding areas located on the eastern ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Climate change may result in tipping point for populations, not just species


October 21st, 2010 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 21 (ANI): Researchers have indicated that as the Earth's climate gets warmer, species are expected to shift their geographical ranges away from the equator or to higher elevations."This study illustrates ... 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 |

1 in 5 plants faces extinction


September 29th, 2010 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 29 (ANI): A new study has revealed that the world's plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world's plant species threatened with extinction.The Royal Botanic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Virginity restoring plant under threat


August 15th, 2010 - 10:39 am ICT by IANS
Brasilia, Aug 15 (IANS/EFE) A plant capable of "restoring a woman's virginity" is under threat as an ecopark declared a Unesco World Heritage Site has been affected by severe drought and forest ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Antibacterial socks could raise greenhouse emissions


August 14th, 2010 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 14 (ANI): Silver nanoparticles, which are used as an antibacterial agent in a wide range of products, from odour-free socks to wound-healing bandages, have more of an impact on the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Drink Which Multiplies Brain Cells Created in North Korea


June 7th, 2010 - 8:05 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
In the middle of a myriad of war threats, and denying any involvement in the sinking of a Naval Ship which belongs to the South Korean navy, the North Koreans have found ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Rare carnivorous plant makes it to top 10 list of new species


June 2nd, 2010 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 2 (ANI): A rare carnivorous plant has made it to the top 10 list of newly discovered species.Every year the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University names ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

World’s rising consumption killing off third of all plants and animals


May 9th, 2010 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 9 (ANI): With human populations surging and people consuming more, animal and plant species are being killed off faster than ever before, says a United Nations report.The report, which has ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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