Researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University, National Institute of Plant Genome Research and CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, India, have identified a new strain of bacteria, β-proteobacterium Pandoraea, that can help break up lignin and decompose it. The bacterial strain produces polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) which have the potential to replace conventional plastics.
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Researchers from IISER Bhopal proposed a method of protein labelling to develop selective and sensitive drugs that could be used to treat a variety of diseases. It can be used to develop less harmful cancer chemotherapeutics.
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai and University of Leeds, UK study the role of the genes that control our immune response and how they play a crucial role in countering the spread of H1N1 influenza.
Crab spiders are a family of small, pretty spiders, some of which you could find in your own backyard or even on a potted plant. They are accomplished ambush hunters, making meals out of insects much larger than themselves – a crab spider half the size of your fingernail can easily grab a large butterfly. They are coloured to blend in remarkably with their surroundings, much like an octopus or a chameleon would. They perch on a hunting platform of their choice – usually the centre or base of a flower – and lie in waiting for their prey to venture close enough.
Study from the Ashoka Trust from Research in Ecology and the Environment details the importance of a global standard to curb the adulteration of herbal medicines.
Study from National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, documents some astounding facts about India’s ancient metallurgical processes
Dr Veena Srinivasan, who leads the Water, Land and Society Programme at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair at Utrecht University, Netherlands. A doctorate from Stanford University, Dr Srinivasan has been named to the International Development Studies Research Centre in the Department of Human Geography and Planning at the university.
Researchers from M.E.S. Abasaheb Garware College, Pune, explore how density of plants affects the presence and abundance of herbivores.
Data obtained from passengers in public transport vehicles helps improve the accuracy of measuring geolocation.
Researchers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, explore how insectivorous plants attract insects.