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
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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.

Editorial handling: Arpita Bhattacharjya, Section Editor, Indian Botanists

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.