Documenting India’s Marine Biodiversity

Documenting India’s Marine Biodiversity

Marine ecosystems are among the largest and the most productive of the Earth’s aquatic ecosystems, comprising salt marshes, intertidal zones, estuaries, lagoons, mangroves, coral reefs, the deep sea, and the sea floor. Marine ecosystems provide services at the global scale (oxygen production, nutrient cycles, carbon capture through photosynthesis and carbon sequestration) and at regional and […]

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Biodiversity Act: Access and Benefit sharing

Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are age old traditions in India, as reflected in our ancient scriptures. There are numerous instances of  use of indigenous plants in religious rituals, ceremonial offerings and local healthcare practices. Historically, biodiversity was taken as an important ‘public good’ to be shared by all. However, biogenetic resources are of […]

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Soil Degradation and Soil Quality

Soil is the most basic natural resource that supports all terrestrial life on earth. It is finite in extent and non-renewable over human timescale. However, it is prone to degradation owing to land misuse, mismanagement and other natural and anthropogenic forces. Soil degradation can be of different types: Physical: Erosion, decline in structure, water logging, […]

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Bringing Biodiversity into Mainstream Media

New Delhi, June 7 (G’nY News Service): Despite being a major source of survival, be it physical, spiritual or economical, the mainstream media do not adequately address the importance of biodiversity conservation. Media is considered as the crux in spreading constructive agendas and can help in sustaining rapid development and environmental conservation side-by-side. In the […]

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Are there still more? Discovering New Species

It may be a wonder of sorts that India’s rich biodiversity periodically still manages to throw up new species of flora and fauna that was hitherto undiscovered, unreported, and unclassified. The species discoveries, perhaps stands testimonial to the alluring natural wealth of the country. The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and the Zoological Survey of India […]

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Climate Change and Efficient Nitrogen Management

Nitrogen is the most limiting nutrient controlling the primary production of all agricultural systems. Intensively cultivated systems, therefore, require exogenous application of nitrogen both in inorganic and organic forms. Worldwide, use efficiency of external nitrogen supplied is as low as 33 per cent (J K Ladha, et al., 2005, ‘Efficiency of fertiliser nitrogen in cereal […]

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Rediscovered: A vulnerable spiderwort

Chandoli National Park is a part of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve situated in the heart of the northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra and ear-marked as a future United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO) World Heritage site. Spread over an area of about 318 km2 along the backwaters of Varana River across the Sahyadri […]

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