Biodiversity Environment Forestry

 Greatest decline in raptors, migratory shorebirds : State of India’s Birds 2020

India’s national bird, the Indian Peafowl, has increased dramatically over the past decades. In contrast, 50% of other Indian species of birds have declined over this time period. These are some findings from the State of India’s Birds 2020. This pioneering report assesses the status of 867 Indian birds using a massive database of information […]

Biodiversity Environment

Why wetlands are important?

Recently 10 more wetlands have been added to the international treaty from India. With this, a total of 37 sites in the country have been recognised and it is government commitment to conserve the wetlands on international front.  Nandur Madhameshwar, first of its kind from Maharashtra; Nawabkanj, Parvati Agra, Saman, Samaspur, Sandi and Sarsai Natwar […]

Synthetic biology pros and cons iucn
Biodiversity Plant Biotechnology

Humans are genetically reprogramming nature but synthetic biology has its own benefits

Synthetic biology – altering or redesigning genes to meet human objectives – is a fast-developing field with significant potential impacts on nature conservation, according to the Genetic frontiers for conservation assessment report. So far mostly applied in agriculture and medicine, synthetic biology could have substantial knock-on effects on conservation – including modified genes spreading to […]

Maize larva feeding on male flower
Agriculture Biodiversity

The invasive pest fall armyworm is devastating Tamil Nadu Maize fields

During the Village Stay Programme arranged by our college, we spotted the new invasive pest fall armyworm in Maize fields of Namakkal. Control measures were taken under the guidance of Mr. Mohan, Agricultural Officer (AO) of Namagiripettai  in one of one farmer’s field (Venkatesh Thumpalpatti, Namagiripettai). Initially pyralidin was sprayed to control the pest. Fifty […]

coral reefs
Biodiversity Pollution & Climate Change

Coral reefs can’t wait for world to take action, urges UN, as Biodiversity Conference gets underway

Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late. It’s clear to anyone who puts their head below the waves that the […]