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Bengaluru | Sep 9, 2020
Unravelling cryptic frogs of Western Ghats

Some cryptic species of frogs in the Western Ghats (Left Top: Indirana semipalamata (Image credits: Saunak Pal), Left-Bottom: Indirana beddomii (Image Credits: Saunak Pal), Right-Top:

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 | Dec 28, 2018
Image: Vignesh Kamath/ Research Matters

Over 8.7 million species are known to be found on Earth today, and many scientists believe that we have only scratched the surface.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive, Featured
Bengaluru | Aug 14, 2018

An international team of researchers use a multi-pronged approach to understand the diveristy in tree communities.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 29, 2018

In a recent article published in the `Science’ magazine, titled ‘When the cure kills—CBD limits biodiversity research’, researchers have questioned the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a framework formulated to conserve biodiversity. 

General, Science, Ecology, Policy, Deep-dive, Featured
Bengaluru | Apr 11, 2018
Photo : Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters

Dogs have been introduced in various places across the world, where they were not found before by humans. In a recent study, researchers from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment study how dogs affect the local biodiversity.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Feb 23, 2018
Photo : Dennis C J / Research Matters

Erik Solenheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme visited Center for Ecological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to deliver a talk about the interface of science and policy.

In his talk titled ‘Science Policy Interface: Insights and ideas for a changing world’ Mr. Solenheim spoke about the three main environmental challenges of we face today namely; climate change, pollution and loss of biodiversity.

General, Science, Policy, News, Events
Bengaluru | Jan 18, 2018
Photos : Dr V. Deepak

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in a rare study combining biology and paleontology show how different climatic factors over evolutionary time have affected the evolution of fan throated lizards.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Jun 5, 2017

The 5th of June every year is celebrated across the world as ‘World Environment Day’. People mark this event by planting saplings, spreading awareness about the importance of the environment to our survival and ways we can conserve this gift of nature for the future generations to come. But, have you ever wondered how we go about our lives on the rest of the days? What if we stopped a moment to think of the change it would bring about if we chose to walk to work instead of the car or take the bus? Of course it would change the climate for the good. Find out some tales of inspiration and alarming facts in this special on World Environment Day.

General, Science, Ecology, Society
May 22, 2017

The 22nd of May is celebrated around the world as International Day for Biodiversity -- a day to celebrate the existence of that little sparrow on the tree, the colourful caterpillar on the leaf, the gigantic Blue whale in the ocean and the majestic elephant in our forests. It is a day to appreciate that our planet is blessed with so many life forms and understand each one’s role in maintaining this ecosystem. A small imbalance in this ecosystem can spell doom for all of us. On this day, here is a brief look at how we have understood biodiversity throughout our history and some important takeaways in the process. 

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