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Bengaluru | Apr 12, 2022
The charismatic Indrella ampulla at Bisle, Karnataka. Photo: Sudhira HS

Not more than two decades ago, I played with snails on rainy days and would see them crawling abundantly on plants. My friends and I would collect them in glass bottles, treating them as pets.

It appears that snails have almost vanished from our gardens. Lush green landscapes and trees have dwindled to become a few patches of green separated by tall buildings in between.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Featured
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
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
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 | Mar 24, 2021
A holistic approach to biodiversity conservation

Researchers from ATREE review their work over the past 25 years.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 5, 2021
No silver bullet: Animal Birth Control for India’s dogs is ridden with challenges

Study highlights why capture-neuter-vaccinate-release is not effective in reducing free-ranging dogs.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Dec 8, 2020
Dams in the Western Ghats are altering the water and impacting the fish

An aerial view of the Tungabhadra dam in Karnataka [Image Credits: Bishnu Sarangi from Pixabay]

General, Science, Engineering, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 28, 2020
Mystery river snail reveals dispersal events into Indian subregion

Mud snails, also known as mystery snails, live in freshwater and belong to a snail family called Viviparidae. They are found throughout the world except in South America and Antarctica. Such globally distributed species incite interesting questions about their dispersal across different continents. In a recent study, researchers in Bengaluru from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), investigated manifestation of these mystery snails in India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 9, 2020
Friendly neighbours? Study shows crop yield increases when biodiverse environments surround farms

As winter sets in over Punjab, one can hear the humdrum of hundreds of machines harvesting rice across lakhs of hectares of paddy fields. In Maharashtra, villages in Vidarbha lug their snowy cotton harvest to the market. Years ago, these landscapes were a sprawling array of forests, grasslands, wetlands and multiple crops cultivated on a shifting basis.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 18, 2019
Researchers study the distribution of the Bumphead parrotfish in the corals of Andamans

Researchers from two Bengaluru-based institutes—the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), have studied the distribution and the impact of protected marine areas on Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. After months of data collection by scuba diving and capturing underwater photographs of the seafloor, their findings have now been published in the journal Oryx.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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