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Bengaluru | Mar 16, 2022
A colony of the tropical paper wasp Ropalidia marginata with a few individuals uniquely colour coded for identification (picture credit Nitika Sharma)

Study finds that considering multiple social interactions as a whole instead of individual interactions helps identify the potential queen of a wasp colony. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Madurai | Feb 4, 2022
Researchers from IIT B root for restoring Madurai’s historical water tank system to address the region’s water  woes

Researchers from IIT B root for restoring Madurai’s historical water tank system to address the region’s water woes 

General, Science, Engineering, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 28, 2022
Indian Savannas are NOT Wastelands

Tropical savannas, replete with large expanses of grasslands, are often misclassified as wastelands.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Dec 10, 2021
A view of the forest canopy - Photo: KS Seshadri

Researchers find a greater abundance but an altered epiphyte community in selectively logged forests

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Jaipur | Dec 9, 2021
Noisy vehicles cause distress to animals. [picture credits leopard and safari vehicle via Wikimedia Commons]

A study finds that electric vehicles are less intrusive to animals during safaris.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
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
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