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Bengaluru | Sep 9, 2019
Seeing climate change through the eyes of the Pikas

It’s getting tougher for the Royle’s pikas to survive in the Himalayas. But, these tiny, herbivores wouldn't move as they are particular about where they live. Restricted to rocky, mountainous terrains, they are now facing the wrath of rising temperatures and fluctuating environments. What would become of them in a few more decades? Can these fussy relatives of the rabbit find new homes and thrive? A new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun tries to find out what the future holds for them, and that the findings are not good news.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 20, 2019
Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Ladakh | May 1, 2019
Study shows how science and society can save snow leopards

SLC-IT, along with researchers from Panthera, New York, USA, have attempted to model the conditions for a suitable habitat for snow leopards in Ladakh. Known as the ‘snow leopard capital of the world’, Ladakh is thought to harbour 60% of the snow leopard population in India. In this first-of-its-kind study, they have used data from direct observations and camera traps.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kathmandu | Feb 22, 2019
Report suggests that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is facing imminent threat due to climate change.

Report suggests that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is facing imminent threat due to climate change.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Dec 18, 2018
Credit: Dr Ishan Agarwal

Researchers discover eight new species of bent-toed geckos in the Northeast states of India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 24, 2018

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, study how climate change is affecting small herbivores in the Himalayas. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Leh-Ladakh | May 30, 2018

Researchers from Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh-Ladakh and Defence Institute of Physiology and Applied Sciences (DIPAS), New Delhi, under Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), are studying the benefits of Hippophae rhamnoides, generally known as common sea buckthorn, in improving the health of chicken reared in high altitude cold deserts.

General, Science, News
Mumbai | May 14, 2018

Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai and Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IITI), Indore have developed a novel technique to measure the ice thickness of inaccessible and data scarce glaciers.

General, Science, News
Bengaluru | Jan 11, 2018
Photo : Aditya Chavan

The Himalayas are home  to a host of biodiversity which has yet to be studied in detail. Taking the first steps to better understand a species of song birds scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Cornell University explore if the sex of Green-backed tits can be identified by looking at the size of the beak and the thickness of the breast stripe.

General, Science, Ecology
Sep 14, 2017

Dr. Farah Ishtiaq

Humans are not the only organisms under threat by the malarial parasite Plasmodium. These parasites are known to infect a range of animals from primate to reptiles, theis list also includes birds. In their recent study Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have collected these parasites from the blood of various species of birds in the Himalayan foothills. Through their study the team was to show the burden of infection in birds and the seasonality of the infection.

General, Science, Ecology, Health
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