Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Indian Government Announces Increase in Fellowship for Researchers


The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced over 50% hike in the fellowship amount received by various categories of young Research scientists. This land mark decision, responding to a long standing demand by around one lakh science Research Scholars and Associates working across the country, is taken by the Department of Science & Technology under his Ministry, the Minister added. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Digital Phytoinformatics : Online Herbarium and Databases of Plants in Gangetic West Bengal and Eastern Himalayas

Dr. Dibyendu Talukdar
E-mail: dibyendutalukdar9@gmail.com

Department of Botany, R.P.M. College (www.rpmcollege.org), Hooghly, West Bengal, India developed a digital platform of dried & preserved herbarium plant specimens comprising medicinal & aromatic plants, RET plants and Invasive/alien plant species, cryptogams. The multifaceted research activities on algal floras and crop plants have been presented. A daily weather update link with IMD has also been provided. The platform is continuously up-graded and user-friendly with free web-accessible data bases. This is the first attempt by any under-graduate degree college in Eastern and N-E India to develop virtual herbarium through digital imaging and scientific documentation using software. More at:
http://www.rpmcdigitalphytoinformatics.com/ 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh lays foundation stone of Indian Institute of Agricultural Bio-Technology at Ranchi, Jharkhand


Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Agricultural Bio-Technology at Garh Khatanga near Ranchi (Jharkhand). Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that with the opening of this institute the provisions made for biotechnological education will pave a way for preparing trained human resource who will create awareness among farmers about the advanced agriculture by use of bio-technology technique along with traditional methods of farming.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Twenty Nine Plant Species New to Science Discovered from India in 2013


During the year 2013 the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) has discovered twenty nine new species to science. Out of these 29 species/varieties 20 are angiosperms, 8 fungi and 1 lichen. In addition 40 new records for India (species/ varieties) have been described during the year 2013. BSI is the apex research organisation under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India for carrying out taxonomic and floristic studies on wild plant resources of the country through survey, documentation and conservation.

Friday, 22 August 2014

National Conference on Herbal Drug Research: Opportunities and Challenges; November 5-7, 2014


(Last date for registration: 5th October 2014)
Last date for Abstract submission: 15th September, 2014
For more details and latest updates visit http://www.perdcentre.com/

Monday, 18 August 2014

Are Dodder Plants (Cuscuta) The Future Tool For Gene Transfer?


Scientists from Virginia Tech and Pennsylvania State University have discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

CSIR NET JRF December 2014- Extension in Last Date for Deposit of Fee and Submission of Application


Date of close of deposit of fee : 22.08.2014

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Redefining Crop Diversification in India in Terms of Industrial Ecology


David James*
CEO, ChloroEarth® - Rebuilding With Nature©
Karnataka, Bangalore, India
How to cite this article:
James, D., (2014). Redefining Crop Diversification in India in Terms of Industrial Ecology. Indian Botanists.http://www.indianbotanists.com/2014/08/redefining-crop-diversification-in.html

Editorial handling: Arpita Bhattacharjya, Section Editor, Indian Botanists

Abstract 
Crop diversity is more restricted to yield per acre or productivity of the standing crop alone. These could be broadened by including the income from crops by different means and from diverse sources, like industrial and business applications of agriculture produce and residue. Scope of industrial application of agri-residues can be explored more efficiently by properly addressing the challenges. Industrial ecology based on agri-residues will boost the economy and increase the livelihood of farmers maintaining sustainable agriculture resources.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

What inspired Bahar Dutt to come out with 'Green Wars'?


The book, ‘Green Wars- Dispatches from a Vanishing World’, written by Bahar Dutt is published by Harper Collins, India. The book has twelve chapters compressed to one sixty one pages. The twelve chapters of the book are presented in the form of a chronicle of activities of Bahar Dutt as a conservationist and as a journalist. The author deserves an appreciation for highlighting the conservation of less-known animals. She selected animal species which are usually not in headlines i.e. these are not the big and better-known animals like the tigers. Indian Botanists interviewed, Bahar Dutt to know what inspired her to write this book and other issues about the book. Excerpts of interview are reproduced below.

Book Review : 'Green Wars- Dispatches from a Vanishing World' by Bahar Dutt


Rabish Chandra
@rabishchandra on twitter
*Views are personal 

As I was updated about the release of this book a couple of months ago I looked forward to reading this book. But later, I changed my mind to purchase this book by seeing the inboxed images of Sarus Cranes,  primates and tiger skin; as I connect myself more to plants, trees, grass, flowers etc. Yes, you may call it as ghaans-phoos or jungle-jhaar.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

CSIR-UGC JRF NET Marks Statement - Examination held on 22nd December, 2013

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Budget Highlights 2014 - Agriculture Sector

Rs 1000 Crore provided for the scheme "Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna"

Two institutions on the pattern of Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, will be established in Assam and Jharkhand. 

Agricultural Universities are proposed to be set up in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, besides two horticulture universities in Telangana and Haryana.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

A Dialogue with Professor Judy Jernstedt about Botany and 100 years of American J of Botany


Cover- American J Botany; 101(1)
American Journal of Botany, was launched in 1914. Since then over a period of hundred years AJB has published approximately 16500 articles, with an average of more than 160 and 13 articles per year and month respectively. Many articles published in AJB are highly cited and are from various sub-disciplines of botany. It possess the pride of publishing many breakthrough research publication which were significant in understanding the structure, function and further advancement of mechanism in plants.

To celebrate the completion of a century and stepping forward in its second century of publication, AJB will feature monthly invited AJB Centennial Review Papers. It will also bring a special issue, 'Speaking of Food: Connecting Basic and Applied Science' which probably will consists the paper presented at colloquium during Botany-2013 Conference.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Molecular Systematics - APG III System of Classification of Flowering Plants


Still in many countries 'Bentham & Hooker System of Classification' is widely used across the world as it is useful to identify the plants in the field. However, this system of classification does not speak about evolutionary relationship of plants.
A modern system for flowering plants was formed in 1990’s by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group which involves few eminent botanists from across the world. Some countries are now using APG III system.  Herbarium arranged as per linear sequence of DNA and starts with Amborellaceae-1 and ends with Apiaceae-413.
Ranee Prakash, Curator-Flowering Plants, Dept. of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London, U.K. explains the salient features of  'APG III System of Classification of Flowering Plants' through power point presentation.
The presentation is a part of her lecture given at Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand during her visit to India.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Why India does not need GM Technology and Genetically Modified Crops?



In early June, Intelligence Bureau (IB), an intelligence agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India submitted a report to Prime Minister Office and other Government agency with a subject captioned, 'concerted efforts by select foreign funded NGOs to take down India development projects'. Though the report is marked as 'secret' but it was leaked to media. IB has identified at least six developmental sectors (viz. Nuclear Power, Coal Fired Powered Project, Genetically Modified Organisms, Mega Industrial Project, Hydel projects, Extractive Industries) which have been affected by the agitation of certain NGOs.

With regard to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), IB reports that anti GMO activities in India are led by five Indian activists and six NGOs.


After the availability of IB report in public domain, anti GMO activists and NGOs responded to it and clarified their stand through press release and/or through social medias. 'Indian Botanists' tried to extract the answer from their response as, 'Why India does not need GM Technology and Genetically Modified Crops?' Here are the excerpts.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Role of local forest-dwellers in the IUCN World Heritage Outlook assessment programme with regards to Great Himalayan National Park


During the past week the UNESCO World Heritage Committee had gathered in Qatar to discuss and take decisions on World Heritage sites. The Advisory Body on nature, were there to give advice to the Committee, which consisted of 21 States Parties. Around 20 specialists of World Heritage conservation make up the IUCN delegation this year. They were from diverse backgrounds and different regions of the world – and IUCN gave us the opportunity to pick their brains. IUCN asked to send in our burning World Heritage questions on Twitter.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Conserving Indigenous Food and Food Habit for Sustainable Food Security


Arpita Bhattacharjya
Washington DC
@greenfork on twitter
Author completed her M.Phil in Economics from Punjab University, India
Worked as consultant for The World Bank

Editorial Handling: Geetanjali Singh, Section Editor, Indian Botanists

Abstract
    Across the world, there are communities that rely on plant sources available locally in their environment for food and income. They have developed a unique knowledge base about plants that can grow on marginal lands, under difficult climate conditions, and provide a crucial part of their diets through cultivation or foraging. As globalization spreads, the pattern of life which valued and used indigenous foods is breaking up and crucial insights into these sources of nutrition are being lost. This issue assumes more important in the context of feeding a growing population in a planet where the existing food production system is under threat from climate change.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

India- Born Padma Shree Dr Sanjaya Rajaram Wins 2014 World Food Prize Laureate


Padma Shree Dr Sanjaya Rajaram
Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the world Food Prize Foundation today (18th June 2014) announced that The World Food Prize Borlaug Centennial Laureate – born in India and a citizen of Mexico – is Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram.

The 2014 World Food Prize Laureate is an individual from India who worked closely with Dr. Borlaug in Mexico and who then carried forward and extended his work, breaking new ground with his own achievements. As the head of CIMMYT’s wheat-breeding program for several decades, our Laureate developed 480 high-yielding disease- and stress-resistant

Sunday, 15 June 2014

IUCN recommends India’s Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area as World Heritage


At the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting, which opens today (15th June, 2014) in Doha, Qatar, IUCN recommends four new sites for inscription on the World Heritage List, including India’s Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. Other three sites are Botswana’s iconic wetland the Okavango Delta, Philippines’ Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary and Denmark’s Stevns Klint.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Anti GMO Activists and NGOs in India Under the Intelligence Bureau Lens and Govt Scanner


Intelligence Bureau (IB), an intelligence agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in a report dated 3rd June, 2014 has warned that a significant number of NGOs including anti genetically modified organism (GMO) activists and NGOs funded by foreign countries are stalling Indian Development Projects.

The report has mentioned five activists and six NGOs running anti GMO campaign. It says that these NGOs and activists are stalling mega industrial projects like POSCO and Vedanta.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Priorities of Modi Government for Agriculture and Environment Sector


President Pranab Mukherjee addressed a joint sitting of Parliament on Monday (9th June 2014), outlined the roadmap of the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his customary address, delivered in the first session of Parliament on behalf of the government, the President listed the priorities of NDA government.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

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Friday, 6 June 2014

Some Important Journals - Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry and Ethnopharmacology



Bhagyashree Kamble
Lecturer
Department of natural Products
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)
Ahmedabad, India

Every year, hundreds and thousands of scientists conduct experiments, using natural products originating from plants, such as crude plant material as such, plant extracts, and phytocostituents. These plant materials, plant extracts can be studied for its pharmacognosy, phytochemistry and pharmacology. Scientists obtain results, and draw conclusions, about the experiments they have conducted. These experiments and their outcomes need to be disclosed to scientific community in the form publications so as to generate the ample data for the upcoming researchers. Here we are giving list of few reputed journals where work related phytochemistry, pharmacology and pharmacognosy can be published. 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Botanical Illustration, painting plant species the scientific way- a dialogue with Hemlata Pradhan.


Ms Hemlata Pradhan
As a student of botany we often need to depict the form, colour, and details of plant species. Although botanical illustration is an art, its main concern is scientific accuracy. The illustration is taken as reference and thus it requires keen observation of the species which makes the subject plant different from other plant species. Taking career as Botanical Illustrator is not just meant for aesthetic purpose but also serves to bridge the gap between art and science. Also, it helps in conservation by raising public awareness of the flora and fauna.  Team Indian Botanists speaks to Ms. Hemlata Pradhan, a renowned botanical illustrator, to understand more about the subject, her experiences and the scope of botanical illustration.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Mother Earth, Mother Earth We Love You!

(Submitted on the occasion of 'International Mother Earth Day - 22nd April')


Vrushali Kulkarni
Sahaja Yoga
Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

Today we are celebrating the “Earth Day”.
Are we celebrating the “Earth Day”? Or “Mother Earth Day “?
Our answer will be “Mother Earth Day”
Why Mother Earth??

Monday, 14 April 2014

UK PlantSci 2014 Meeting Roundup


Anna Tiley
PhD Student
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Currently studying on the South West Doctoral Training Partnership
@tileyanna on twitter

I recently started a 3 month placement with the Society of Biology as part of my PhD, and spent the first few days helping run the UK PlantSci 2014 conference. This was a very enjoyable experience which gave me an invaluable insight into a leading scientific organisation.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Unfinished Business : An Experience from PhD in Plant Science


Sarah Shailes
Post Doctrol Scientist, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
@SarahShailes on twitter

I recently submitted my PhD thesis, survived my viva (thesis defence) and have just submitted the final version of my thesis to my University. To all intents and purposes my PhD is done and dusted. However, my PhD research is not quite finished with me yet. To publish research in a journal article you usually need a story to tell, but mine still has a few gaps that I would like to fill. These gaps currently contain some preliminary experiments that need to be repeated and some experiments I didn’t have time to attempt before writing my thesis.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Even 'Junk' DNA - Non Coding DNA Sequences are Functional!


Non-coding DNA sequences found in all plants may have undiscovered roles in basic plant development and response to the environment.

DNA encodes the information necessary to make all the proteins in a cell, but the vast majority of the DNA in a cell is non-coding DNA, in the past sometimes referred to as "junk" DNA. Recent research paper published in The Plant Cell has identified non-coding DNA sequences that are found in nearly all plants and appear to have roles in basic processes such as tissue and organ development, response to hormones, and regulation of gene expression.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Food Security and Ecology in India


 -Arpita Bhattacharjya
Washington DC
@greenfork on twitter
Author completed her M.Phil in Economics from Punjab University, India
Worked as consultant for The World Bank

How to cite this article                                                                                         Download PDF
Bhattacharjya, A., (2014), Food Security and Ecology in India. Indian Botanists Blog-o-Journal. http://www.indianbotanists.com/2014/03/food-security-and-ecology-in-india.html

    In India, last year, there was an intense debate on the proposed Food Security Bill. It centered mostly around the impact on the national budget and the mechanism of distributing extra supplies of food grains to consumers throughout the country. Parliament eventually passed the Bill but the question remains: is this really the food security initiative that will serve people best? For the rural population, which is primarily involved in agriculture, food security is not merely a matter of entitlement to a certain amount of cash or food grains; but is reflected in the existence of an available, accessible and assured source of food that will hold steady in the face of stresses and shocks to the food system. It is not just about hunger, it is about the ability to rely on a source of food in a stable way.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Celebrate International Mother Earth Day - 22nd April 2014 with Indian Botanists Blog-o-Journal


A number of countries consider Mother Earth as the source of all life and nourishment. Cultures and religions from different part of the world honour the Earth at highest esteem. Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. United Nation designated 22nd April as International Mother Earth Day. Since 2009 all the member states of United Nation are celebrating the day to advance the relationship of nature and the earth.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Forensic Botany: An Emerging Discipline of Plant Sciences

Rabish Chandra* and Vinny Sharma1
*Central Excise Officer
Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
(Views expressed herein are personal)
1Research Scholar
Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007

How to cite this article
Chandra, R., Sharma, V., (2014), Forensic Botany: An Emerging Discipline of Plant Sciences. Indian Botanists Blog-o-Journal. http://www.indianbotanists.com/2014/03/forensic-botany-emerging-discipline-of.html

ABSTRACTVarious disciplines have emerged due to vast expansion in the studies of plant sciences. Discovery of new methods, protocols and analytical techniques facilitates for thorough and deep study of the given subject. One among many disciplines which has appeared as an offshoot from basic plant science is forensic botany. Forensic botany is an interdisciplinary area where the knowledge of botany is applied to solve the crime. This paper introduces about the basic of the subject explaining various sub-disciplines and its application in forensic science. It also cites some cases where botanical evidences have been the part of judgements. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Professor Mahendra Prasad Memorial Lecture Organised at Botany Department of Ranchi University


To commemorate and honour Professor Mahendra Prasad, a legendary plant pathologist, on the occasion of his 80th birth anniversary, Department of Botany of Ranchi University, Ranchi, India in collaboration with Ranchi University Botany Alumni Association (RUBAA), today on 13th March 2014 (Thursday), organised 'Professor (Dr) Mahendra Prasad Memorial lecture'. The event was organised at Dhanwantri Hall of Department of Botany at Ranchi University,  Ranchi India.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Sipra Guha Mukherjee - An Inspiration to Many Indian Women Botanists


Rabish Chandra
@rabishchandra on twitter

Happy International Women's Day 2014!

Since the days of my higher secondary school, I have observed Botany is always dominated by female. In a class of thirty postgraduate students at Ranchi University, India, each year the average admission of male students were five to six in number. Whereas in other departments like physics and chemistry the ratio was reverse. However when it comes to male and female ratio among teachers in the department of botany, again the number of male professor were  higher than that of female professors. Lower number of female botanists cannot be linked to inspiring girls and female students to consider science as a career path. Perhaps problem lies in retaining women in academia after they have obtained their degrees. Science subjects including plant sciences have the history of lower female scientists and academician than male.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Nepenthes- The Deadly Pitcher

(Submitted for World Wildlife Day contest organised by Indian Botanists Blog-o-Journal)

-Gauri Nerkar, Coimbatore, India.

Nepenthes goettingensis
 P
hotographed at Botanischer Garten, Berlin (Germany)
Carnivory in plants is a relatively rare phenomenon. There are about 600 species, the majority of which belong to the Orders Caryophyllales and Lamiales (Ellison et al., 2009). Nepenthaceae (Caryophyllales) contains >100 species, making it the largest Family of pitcher plants. Nepenthes are the largest genus of pitcher plants, with its center of diversity in South-east Asia. The plants grow in substrates that are deficient in nitrogen and offset this deficiency by trapping animal prey, primarily arthropods. Nepenthes use combinations of wettable peristomes, wax layers and viscoelastic fluid to trap and retain prey (Moran and Clarke, 2010).

Friday, 28 February 2014

Approval for the National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem in India


The Union Cabinet of India, today on Friday, 28th February 2014, approved the Mission document on the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE). This Mission was launched under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) with a budget outlay of Rs. 550 crore during the XII Five Year Plan period.
Objective
The primary objective of the Mission is to develop in a time bound manner a sustainable national capacity to continuously assess the health status of the Himalayan Ecosystem and enable policy bodies in their policy-formulation functions as also to assist States in the Indian Himalayan Region with implementation of actions selected for sustainable development.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

CELEBRATE WORLD WILDLIFE DAY ON 3RD MARCH WITH US - WIN PRIZES!


On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day.

Logo Courtesy: CITES Secretariat

Friday, 21 February 2014

Avail Benefits from Government Schemes for Organic Farming


The Government of India is promoting organic farming through various schemes like 
  1. National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF)
  2. National Horticulture Mission (NHM),
  3. Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH)
  4. National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility (NPMSH&F)
  5. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)
  6. Network Project on Organic Farming of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Thursday, 20 February 2014

National Mission for a Green India Scheme


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, today on 20th February 2014 (Thursday) has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Environment and Forests for a National Mission for a Green India (GIM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
Objectives
The objectives of the Mission during 12th Plan period includes
1. increased forest/tree cover and improved quality of forest cover in two to eight million hectares,
2. improved ecosystem services including biodiversity, hydrological services,
3. increased forest-based livelihood income of households, living in and around the forests, and
4. enhanced annual CO2 sequestration. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Organic Farming for Rich Biodiversity, Consequently Better Ecological Function


A meta analysis done by a group of scientists reported that organic farming increased species richness by about 30%. Their analysis affirms that organic farming usually has large positive effects on average species richness compared with conventional farming. Given the large areas of land currently under agricultural production, organic methods could undoubtedly play a major role in halting the continued loss of diversity from industrialized nations. The detailed analysis is available online on Journal of Applied Ecology   published on 7th February 2014.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

India Only Next to USA in Terms of Number of Crop Pests and Pathogens



Plant Scientists from UK have studied the economic and physical determinants of the global distribution of crop pests and pathogens. The full report has been published online in New Phytologist on Tuesday (11th February 2014) As a part of their study they observed the pest and pathogen numbers per country, with the largest numbers reported by the USA (1200), India (1063), China (1012), France (999) and Japan (973).

Monday, 10 February 2014

Agroforestry Requires Blending of Traditional Ecological Prudence with Renewable Energy Technology


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the World Congress on Agro-forestry, today (February 10, 2014) at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Agro-forestry offers a significant opening in resetting priorities on farm sustainability. It is emerging as a major domain in environmentally sustainable food production systems. Agro-forestry system produces food, fuel and fibre; contributes to food and nutritional security; sustains livelihoods; helps in preventing deforestation; increases biodiversity; protects water resources, and reduces erosion.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

ANTHOCYANIN RICH TRANSGENIC POTATO!


Pic Courtesy: Solanaceae Co-ordinated Agri Project
Scientists from Nanjing Agricultural University of China have cloned and characterized a potato StAN11 gene involved in anthocyanin biosynthesis regulation. They cloned StAN11, a WD40-repeat gene from potato cultivar Chieftain (Solanum tuberosum L.). StAN11 (HQ599506) contained no intron and its open reading frame (ORF) was 1,029 bp long, encoding a putative protein of 342 amino acids. To verify its role in anthocyanin biosynthesis, StAN11 was inserted behind the CaMV-35S promoter of pCMBIA1304 and the recombination vector was introduced into the potato cultivar Désirée plants by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Indian Government Committed to Promote GM Crops


Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh while inaugurating 101th Indian Science Congress in Jammu said Government must focus on creating new opportunities for our bright and socially conscious scientists. To ensure food security and to improve land and water productivity, we have to launch a national drive for an ever-green revolution. This will test the ingenuity of our agricultural scientists. Climate-resilient agriculture and modern bio-technological tools hold great promise. Use of bio-technology has great potential to improve yields. The Prime Minister added that while safety must be ensured, we should not succumb to unscientific prejudices against Bt. crops. He said our government remains committed to promoting the use of these new technologies for agricultural development. He urged scientific community to increase communication and engagement with society at large in explaining socially productive applications of technology alternatives and for improving the productivity of small and medium enterprises.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

ASRB-National Eligibility Test (NET)-2014(I) in Online Examination mode


The Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board would be conducting National Eligibility Test (NET)-2014(I) in Online Examination mode from 26.03.2014 – 04.04.2014 staggered over various slots/sessions in 55 Disciplines at 23 Centres across India. Online application forms with detailed notification including Information, Plan of Examination, Centres of Examination, Application fee payment procedures, Eligibility, Disciplines etc. would be available on NET-2014(I) link on www.asrb.org.in from 1000 hrs on 08.02.2014 – 1700 hrs on 28.02.2014

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Jharkhand Based NGO, CSER Launches Plants and Environment Related Scientific Research Journal 'The Biobrio'



Jharkhand based Non Government Organisation, Centre for Social and Environmental Research (CSER) , on 14th January 2014 announced the publication of a research journal ‘The Biobrio- An International Quarterly Journal of Life Sciences’ as an official organ of CSER .

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

EMBRYO AND ITS DEVELOPMENT IN DICOTYLEDONS PLANT


Embryogenesis in plants starts once the fertilization takes place and covers upto the start of dormancy. In recent past there have been lot of developments to understand embryo development in dicot plants. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Characteristic Features of Bamboo: General Botany and Physiology


India is considered as one of the largest reserves of Bamboos in the world. (Naithani, 2008) reveal 20 genera with their 115 species of Bamboo in India. Found in the forests of almost all the states except in Kashmir valley. Constitutes around 12.8 percent of the total area of forest cover in country. North Eastern regions has over 50% of the total species occurring in India.