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Bengaluru | May 19
How mighty are the fig wasps?

Researchers study how fig tree distribution influences fig wasps’ dispersal evolution.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Dehradun | Jan 14
Credit: T. R. Shankar Raman via WikiCommons/ CC-BY-SA-4.0

Researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, have discovered a new subspecies of hog deer (Axis porcinus) in Northeast India, which was earlier thought to have been found only in southeast Asia.

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Bengaluru | Dec 24
© Devesh Gadhavi

Standing a metre tall and weighing up to a whopping 18 kilograms, the Great Indian bustards (GIB) are one of the heaviest flying birds on Earth. Yet, they are unable to ‘throw their weight around’ in this world dominated by us. Their numbers have drastically declined by nearly 90% in the last 50 years, and the future of these charismatic birds look very bleak. They are now in a tight race against time for their survival, and if things don’t change fast, they could be the first species to go extinct in independent India.

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Bengaluru | Mar 9
Photo : Anusha LK Kumble

Some details of the reproductive journey of a fig wasp, to find a suitable tree and lay eggs while simultaneously pollinate it in the process are known. In a recent study, scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, fill in the gaps in our knowledge about this fascinating journey.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive