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Ecology

Mumbai | Nov 25, 2021
Tough to find a living space in Mumbai? The city’s wildlife also agrees

A study finds that the rapidly expanding land use of Mumbai is driving the region’s remaining wildlife into the remnant forest fringes.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Nov 17, 2021
A ‘spongy’ liquid to clean up industrial carbon dioxide

A porous liquid composite can convert adsorbed carbon dioxide from industrial effluents to calcium carbonate.

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 3, 2021
Frogs have favourite menu: Stomach contents show they control pests in paddy fields

The detailed analysis of the stomach contents of two frogs provide evidence that frogs do play an important role in protecting crops against insects. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Oct 21, 2021

Plastics are stubborn trash and non-biodegradable. Yet, did you know our indiscriminate use of plastics has now permeated our oceans as well?

According to the United Nations, 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based debris. Our waterways carry tonnes of waste — mainly discarded plastics and industrial waste —into the seas. Apart from that, ships and fishing boats dump discarded cargo, fishing nets and other debris into the sea.

General, Science, Ecology, SciQs
Bengaluru | Oct 7, 2021
Comparative maps showing the extent of ONEs and wasteland categories in India;  Blackbuck - an endemic species of ONEs Original pictures of Map and Blackbuck - Authors of the paper

Research Matters caught up with Dr M D Madhusudan, one of the researchers involved in developing a high-resolution map of Open Natural Ecosystems (ONEs) in India, to gain insights into their work. Here are excerpts from the interview.

General, Science, Ecology, Catching up, Featured
Bengaluru | Sep 24, 2021
Friend or foe? Study shows fan-throated lizards could be evolving novel behaviours to avoid a brawl

Researchers find that altered signalling patterns for survival by a fan-throated lizard species could be setting the stage for its evolution

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kyoto, Japan | Sep 20, 2021
Elephant’s tail tresses can tell their stress tales

Researchers measure the levels of stress hormones in the tail-hair of Asian elephants as a technique to monitor their health and well-being.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Aizawl | Sep 6, 2021
Tree-planting may help forests to recover faster after Jhum cultivation

Researchers assess abandoned fallow lands in Manipur and recommend planting endemic tree species to boost forest recovery. 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Mysore | Jun 25, 2021
Snow leopards on rugged terrains of conservation

Researchers identify the factors affecting snow leopard density in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Apr 19, 2021
Butterflies and moths look at the world differently: Blame it on evolution

Researchers have compared the visual abilities of butterflies and moths.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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