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Plants can moan

Plants can moan

If you have been following our blog for sometime, you would have read about the various skills plants have which we couldn’t believe existed before – Plants have vision, can hear sounds, can experience pain and many more such capabilities that make us respect them more. Today, we will know about the distress call plants

17 orange facts you didn’t know

17 orange facts you didn’t know

Oranges are associated a lot more than just a fruit or a citrus juice solution. Since thousands of years oranges have gained quite a bit of popularity in evoking various associations like being wealthy, symbol of fertility, abundance, immortality, longevity and beauty. In the Middle Eastern cultures people have always loved orange trees and fruits.

Aphrodisiac properties of the Rhino horn

Aphrodisiac properties of the Rhino horn

Today, in our PlantScience animal facts series, we will explore a common misconception for which an entire species had to pay the price and is on the brink of extinction – Rhinoceros. Did you know the word rhinoceros comes from the ancient Latin & Greek words ‘rhino‘ which means nose and ‘keras‘ which means horn?

Honey producing cattle – Aphids

Honey producing cattle – Aphids

Aphids are herbivores. They suck plant juices out of the leaves, stems, or roots of plants. The juices they drink often have much more sugar than protein. These little colonies of small bugs live around a plant and mostly try to hide from our sight. But they generate special interest for other interesting creatures –

Marsupials & the power of 3!

Marsupials & the power of 3!

When it comes to reproduction we are learning that the animal world is far more complicated than we would like to imagine. In today’s post, we will learn about the amazing anatomy of one of our favourite animal species – Kangaroo. Did you know that all marsupials (mammals which carry and tend the young in

Can Tongue Smell Like Nose?

Can Tongue Smell Like Nose?

We understand that it sounds funny, but new research suggests that the taste buds in your tongue can smell food like your nose does. It was always clear that taste and smell go hand in hand when detecting food flavor components. However, the new study by the neuroscientists of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in

Why Does Dry Spaghetti Break Into Three Pieces, Not Two?

Why Does Dry Spaghetti Break Into Three Pieces, Not Two?

Did you ever snap a bunch of dry spaghetti before putting it in the pan? You will see that the small piece of spaghetti flies off here and there in tiny bits. But isn’t it fascinating to see that the spaghetti breaks into pieces of more than two? It has never happened that you will

The Parental Imprint

The Parental Imprint

Every member of the species carries some part of its parent in it self and it is almost certain that the parents come together in contributing their share to the child. However, in some cases it is quite different. In our series on strange reproduction behavior in animals, today we will examine the special fertilizations

Is virgin birth possible?

Is virgin birth possible?

This question has left many of the scientists bewildered until they found out about the virgin birth situations and explained to us all. While it is not common among the larger mammals or the species we observe every day, parthenogenesis, most commonly known as ‘Virgin Birth’, is a form of asexual reproduction in which a

Weed facts which are true

Weed facts which are true

Among a limited number of topics that can divide doctors is the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Questions are raised about its safety, control, addiction, side effects and so on. The plant has amazed researchers, doctors, scientists all the same for its magical powers. While smoking or possessing marijuana is not legal in India,

Nitroglycerin, The Explosive Medicine!

Nitroglycerin, The Explosive Medicine!

Did you know that Nitroglycerin, an important compound used to make dynamite, is also a lifesaver? Let me explain. When something blocks the blood flow to the heart muscle, it leads to extreme chest pain, which is known as ‘angina’. The blood flow decreases because of the plaque formation and the narrowing of the arteries

How do sunflowers chase the Sun?

How do sunflowers chase the Sun?

One of the most fascinating flowers on Earth that trace the movement of a star so systematically is the sunflower. If you have ever been in a sunflower field on a sunny morning, you would experience sheer joy as the flowers warm up to the Sun and follow its path. We all know that the

Tribology – The study of interacting surfaces

Tribology – The study of interacting surfaces

The study of surfaces moving relative to each other is known as tribology, and it is a Greek word. The word “trib” means “I rub” and a big part of it is friction. Tribology was started in the 1960s by the lubrication expert Peter Jost and the physicist David Tabor. However, around 5000 years back,

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

7 facts you didn’t know about your Christmas tree

Did you know Christmas trees are not just a Christmas tradition alone? For ages people in many countries believed that having an evergreen would keep witches, evil spirits and illness away. Around the winter solstice, ancient people believed that the sun god was weak in this time but will come back healthy and powerful. Having

Do Cows With Names Give More Milk?

Do Cows With Names Give More Milk?

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is living on the farm with my grandparents. My granny used to wake me up early to go milk the cows to make my favorite kheer. She had names for every cow, know the age of the calves, what they liked, how naughty one was and stories

Chickens are smarter than you think!

Chickens are smarter than you think!

Poultry sector in India is valued at about Rs. 80,000 crore (2015-16) and the plan is to double it by 2022. Worldwide the opportunities commercial poultry farming offers is just growing. To enhance the success of yield and health of the birds, many researchers are burning the midnight oil and this led to some amazing

Do Chickens Prefer Beautiful People?

Do Chickens Prefer Beautiful People?

Chickens are popular across the globe as humans view them as a food source. They are used in various cuisines and usually found on farms, but this barnyard bird is a lot smarter than you think. But it’s not uncommon for animals to be anticipating towards humans, as one requires being scrupulous, and animals have

Is eating the mud good?

Is eating the mud good?

Have you seen children dig out and lick soil or a mud wall? Some pregnant women crave for the soil too. Ever wondered why does that happen? This behaviour of voluntarily consuming soil is called Geophagy. Did you know the father of medicine, Hippocrates (460-380 BC) made a reference to geophagy in pregnancy (Young, 2011)

Peonies and Ants – Biological Mutualism

Peonies and Ants – Biological Mutualism

Peonies attract bees and other pollinating insects who also help in pollinating other plants in the garden. Peony buds produce sweet nectar which is a combination of water, sugar and amino acids. This invites foraging ants which feed leisurely on the abundant nectar. This phenomenon is actually interesting as it helps both the ants and

Ants to the rescue

Ants to the rescue

We often do not credit plants for their smart behaviour. You would be amazed to know some facts about how plants can influence their environment to suit their purpose. We see a lot of co-operation between various species and how they work in tandem to fight an enemy. Plants can call for help and enlist

Peony facts you didn’t know!

Peony facts you didn’t know!

We know that Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) is well known for its ornamental value but did you know about its edible oil, and medicinal properties? Other than giving beautiful flowers that are large, bright and grand, peonies are being studied for their medicinal uses. (We know that some variants of Tree peony produce flowers that

Turmeric – the divine herb & medicine

Turmeric – the divine herb & medicine

The latest research by archaeologist Arunima Kashyap at Washington State University Vancouver, who, along with Steve Weber, has been studying the cooking techniques of people in the Indus Valley Civilization has some interesting revelations. Arunima suggests that turmeric, along with Ginger, was a key ingredient in the Indian cuisine and used extensively by cooks in

Guess who is foreign on your plate?

Guess who is foreign on your plate?

If you liked our last post, you will love this one too. Check out the video and see how many you can identify and tell us in the comments about other foods we missed! WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants –

Your lunch might be international!

Your lunch might be international!

Strange, as it may sound, it is true that many common items we consume as Indians daily might be from an alien land. Some even travelled continents and established themselves here in our country. Today, in our PlantScience Facts series, we will explore some of the common food items that are not local and we

Smelly feet are mosquito magnets

Smelly feet are mosquito magnets

When you are out in a public place with your friends, did you find some of them get stung by mosquitoes more often than others? You might have found it strange that mosquitoes seek out few people in particular in a group. You are right, there is a selective procedure being followed here and you

What is PlantScience?

What is PlantScience?

WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants – how plants live, survive. Nature at its best is a great repository of knowledge and most of it is still a mystery to our minds. However, at Atrimed PlantScience, we have willed ourselves to research,

Skin-to-skin care for the newborn

Skin-to-skin care for the newborn

In the early 1970’s a new scare swept across Columbia with sudden spike in preterm-infant-mortality rates. When the mortality rate went up to 70% doctors and parents began to panic alike. Most of causes were identified as infections of respiratory problems and not being attended to well. Here is where the researchers found that preterm-babies

Joey and the changes in Kangaroo’s milk

Joey and the changes in Kangaroo’s milk

Kangaroos are one of the most fascinating mammals on Earth. Though physically limited to the Australian continent, they are well known across the world for their unique features – standing on hind legs, having a strong tail, ability to box, carrying their babies in their pouches and strong jumping capabilities. Today, we are going to

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali!

We wish you all a very happy and prosperous diwali. WHAT IS PLANTSCIENCE? PlantScience blog is an insightful discussion to understand and explain the science behind the great success of plants – how plants live, survive. Nature at its best is a great repository of knowledge and most of it is still a mystery to our

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Nadar Brothers, the cracker entrepreneurs

Sivakasi was a sleepy little town established in the 15th century by Harikesari Parakkirama Pandian. With black soil that doesn’t get enough rain to grow any crops other than cotton, chillies and millets, people in this town had nothing of interest happening until two brothers did something amazing. Within few years Sivakasi claimed its place

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

Did we borrow crackers from the Chinese?

With Diwali around the corner, the festive frenzy is at its peak. We are all geared up to have fun. But is it fun without crackers, diyas and friends? Buying crackers brings back so many memories from childhood. It was a ritual we all would wait eagerly.  Would you like to know about the origin of firecrackers?

Why are invasive plants so successful?

Why are invasive plants so successful?

Invasive species grab the land from other species and grow and spread. Make it difficult for local species to survive. They extract nutrients from the earth, which belonged to others. But to do this, they need to overcome competition, fight against local animal predators, adapt to the local atmospheric conditions, smart use of local resources.

Invasive Species Of Plants in India

Invasive Species Of Plants in India

While most plants are local, we have some plants that spread across territories alien to them and grow aggressively. These are species that grow and spread quickly and have the potential to cause harm are called ‘invasive’. They can threaten plants, animals, or any other aspect of biodiversity. Invasive plant species are usually found in

7 pumpkin facts you didn’t know

7 pumpkin facts you didn’t know

Pumpkins facts & health benefits Pumpkins originated in North America around 5500 BC Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables Pumpkins grow (almost) everywhere Pumpkin word originated from “pompions,” which meant ‘gross melons’ Pumpkins are 90% water Pumpkins are full of valuable nutrients, high in antioxidants Pumpkins are linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers They

Was Halloween started in India by Aryans and taken to Celtic region?

Was Halloween started in India by Aryans and taken to Celtic region?

“Place me in that deathless, undecaying world,where the light of heaven shines in everlasting lustre. . .Make me immortal in that realm . . . where the worlds are filled with light;in that realm of bliss let me realize my immortality.”– Rig Ved Samhita If you are celebrating Halloween, you must wonder if this is

8 Uncommon Pollinators

8 Uncommon Pollinators

When it comes to the matters of reproduction by pollination, most of us know the normal pollinators that plants utilize for fertilization, there are numerous that we don’t think about. Indeed numerous new previously unknown pollinators are being added to the list all the time. This implies the science behind welcoming these creatures by giving

5 PlantScience facts you didn’t know

5 PlantScience facts you didn’t know

While we think plants are non-mobile and are stuck at one point due to their physical constraints, the latest research in the field of Plant Science shows that plants are a lot smarter than they appear. At Atrimed Plant Science, we dedicate our research capabilities to unravel the secrets of Plants and understand the science

Pollination by Mosquitoes

Pollination by Mosquitoes

Did you know there are around 3,500 mosquito species? A significant number of these need nothing to do with gnawing people or some other creature. Indeed, even in species that bite, it is just the females that do as they need human blood to build up their eggs. The major food of all grown-up mosquitoes

The Konkan fruit festival

The Konkan fruit festival

Now that we know of many festivals around food and music around the world, let us find out some closer to home starting from the west coast. We have our own fruit festival on the west shoreline of India in Goa – The Konkan fruit festival. More than 20,000 individuals visit this festival (the number

The Battle of Oranges

The Battle of Oranges

This festival of throwing oranges at each other is the largest food fight in Italy. It is celebrated in the city of Ivrea, where thousands of locals gather and divide into nine combat teams and then throw oranges at each other. The Orange Battle, or Battaglia Delle Arance to locals, is a three-day festival celebrated

Maa Durga’s Hibiscus

Maa Durga’s Hibiscus

Did you know Hibiscus is the preferred flower for Maa Durga and is offered as an offering in puja and rituals? Well, with the festival season around the corner, we thought you would love to know the various health benefits Hibiscus has for #SkinCare. At Plant Science, we are always amazed by the way plants

Mud festivals you shouldn’t miss

Mud festivals you shouldn’t miss

If, as a child, you had an opportunity of playing with elements, you would have enjoyed playing with mud! many of us still love creating something nice out of the mud. While the finer art of turning clay into artefacts has lured many, the childish joy of playing is always an allure. Imagine this as

Japan’s Bean-throwing Festival : Setsubun

Japan’s Bean-throwing Festival : Setsubun

If you have been following our posts, you would have definitely enjoyed the arious #Crazy Festivals, we have been covering. Today we are introducing you to the famous bean throwing festival from the island of the rising sun – Japan. Traditionally known as Setsuban, is celebrated at the beginning of spring. This festival is celebrated

Albuquerque international balloon festival

Albuquerque international balloon festival

One of the most captivating sights is looking at a hot air balloon slowly rising against a clear sky defying the gravity and showing its colors in full grandeur. Only if you have seen this happen would you appreciate the sight? Now just imagine hundreds of hot air balloons going up like birds in the

Touch-me-not!

Touch-me-not!

While we are reading about various defense mechanisms that plants adopt when fighting herbivores, we must explore one of the interesting traits used by some plants is to mimic dead plants or decrease in size. Some plants have attained the ability to decrease the appearance, i.e. stay hidden from the eyes of herbivores. Instead of

Digest me not!

Digest me not!

An effective method to reduce being attacked by herbivores is to develop reduced plant palatability. This method of defense is more direct and practical to stop not just the current attacker but also deter any future attempt.  Induction of trichomes in response to insect damage has been reported in many plants. This increase in trichome

Reach me not!

Reach me not!

Why do you think plants have some special characteristics that make them physically impossible to touch? Interactions between plants and herbivores are necessary to continue the food chain. However, when herbivores eat their tissues, these tissues can get severely injured. Some plants have adapted themselves to tolerate these damages and reproduce again, whereas other plants

Anti-herbivore plant strategies

Anti-herbivore plant strategies

Plants have been successful in colonizing most environments and when doing so they have to face tough competition not just from other plants but also from animals! So how do plants protect themselves from herbivores? Interactions between plants and insect herbivores are important determinants of plant productivity. In response to the attack, plants have evolved

Neem, nature’s mini pharmacy

Neem, nature’s mini pharmacy

One of nature’s finest gifts to us is – the neem plant. With several incredible health benefits, the Neem plant is often considered nature’s pharmacy plant. No wonder Neem plant’s parts feature in many medicines. Here we explore five benefits of the Neem plant. 1. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial: Neem leaves are used to treat fungal

Holy Tulasi, the incomparable one

Holy Tulasi, the incomparable one

In Hinduism, tulasi is worshipped as a goddess and every part of the tulasi plant is revered and considered sacred, including the leaves, stem, flower, root, seeds, and oil. Even the surrounding soil, which has recently been found to harbor beneficial endophytic fungi, is considered an aspect of the divine. Here we examine, the benefits

Jamun powered Solar cells

Jamun powered Solar cells

Jamun Power To Solar Battery Did you know the delicious Indian summer fruit, jamun, is not just something just to enjoy eating, but it can be used to make an efficient solar cells? The pigment found in jamun – Syzygium cumini absorbs massive amounts of sunlight. The group of scientists from IIT, who found this

Mechanism of the venus fly trap

Mechanism of the venus fly trap

Do you know what exactly happens in the Venus flytrap? Especially when the bug/spider wanders into it?  While most of us led to believe of the plant having a carnivorous brain and tries catching the bugs and flies to survive, you would be surprised to know that winged insects only make up to 5% of its

Sweet tasting beard & invention of Saccharin

Sweet tasting beard & invention of Saccharin

Isn’t it interesting that some of the discoveries happened because of pure luck or as they called ‘accidents’? Yes, in this series of of interesting facts, we explore some of the common things most of us don’t know.  Though it is widely used as a substitute for sugar, especially as a diabetic-friendly sweetening agent, did

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Researchers have been fascinated with nature in all of its brutality. Although a strict taboo in civilized and modern human societies, cannibalism is a fairly common occurrence in the animal kingdom. It is interesting to note that it is not just carnivorous species who practice cannibalism. Herbivores, omnivores and detritivores have also been known to

5 biggest Pandemics in human history

5 biggest Pandemics in human history

One of the greatest and most difficult challenges that have affected the spread of human civilization is that of infectious disease. Wherever humans have gone, so have virulent disease. With the corona virus pandemic wreaking havoc all over the globe, it’s apt to examine the various pandemics that have affected humans in the past. Interestingly, Sushruta

Thrilling history of coffee

Thrilling history of coffee

Don’t we all love coffee? Coffee has been proven to be the most popular beverage in the modern world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed in a year. In many Indian households, coffee is looked upon as a delicacy that is only had on special occasions. Coffee is a staple especially in Southern India, where

N.Nidus-Avis, Master of camouflage

N.Nidus-Avis, Master of camouflage

If you think being invisible and stealthy is an art, we have a plant that has almost perfected it. This strange-looking orchid in shiny caramel color is known as Neottia Nidus-Avis. They can also be seen in beige-brown and yellow color. Neottia also means nest, and its roots look like a poorly made bird’s nest.

Buddha’s hand, the fingered citron

Buddha’s hand, the fingered citron

 One of the interesting things we see in nature is that goodness comes in all shapes and sizes. Though this strange looking fruit is still uncommon in the Indian market, you will be shocked to know that it has originated in the north-east part of India itself. The Indian Buddhist monks have been known to introduce

Nature’s caviar

Nature’s caviar

Considered one of the finest natural things that come in a  little package, Finger Limes, scientifically known as Citrus australasica, are unique fruits that belong to the Rue family. Although it is not a part of citrus, the fruit is related to genus Microcitrus. The plant is native to Australia, usually to its subtropical rainforest. The

Talipot Palm’s final flourish

Talipot Palm’s final flourish

As we continue to explore the biggest flowers in the world, we have a special appearance from India. This massive flower belongs to the Talipot Palm.The Coryphaumbraculifera plant, also known as the talipot palm, is a native of India and Srilanka and has huge flowers that are 6 to 8 metres long consisting of one to several million

World’s biggest organism

World’s biggest organism

World’s biggest organism Fast, think about the biggest life-form ever. What’d you thought of? A dinosaur? Apologies, no — there’s bigger. You might say a blue whale? No! There is a great chance that you are thinking about the biggest creature, but we said ‘life form’. Well, we’re discussing the “humongous growth,” a colony of

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