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ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೆನಪುಗಳಿವೆಯೇ?

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೆನಪುಗಳಿವೆಯೇ?

‘ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಸಸ್ಯ’ – ಮಿಮೋಸಾದಲ್ಲಿ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ನಂತರ, ಮೋನಿಕಾ ಗಾಗ್ಲಿಯಾನೊ ಅವರು ಕೆಲವು ಆಸಕ್ತಿದಾಯಕ ಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಕೊಂಡರು. ಮಿಮೋಸಾ ಪುಡಿಕಾವು ತನ್ನ ರಕ್ಷಣಾತ್ಮಕ ತಂತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೆಸರುವಾಸಿಯಾದ ಸಸ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಏನಾದರೂ ಪ್ರತಿಕೂಲವಾದಾಗ, ಮಿಮೋಸಾದ ಎಲೆಗಳು ಸುರುಳಿಯಾಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ ಅಥವಾ ರಕ್ಷಣಾತ್ಮಕ ಭಂಗಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಡಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆ ಮುಗಿದ ನಂತರ ತೆರೆದ ಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಪ್ರಯೋಗದಲ್ಲಿ, ಗಾಗ್ಲಿಯಾನೊ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪುನರಾವರ್ತಿತ ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆಗೆ ಒಳಪಡಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿದರು. ಹೆಚ್ಚು ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ,

ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯ -ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್

ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯ -ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್

ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್ ಅನ್ನು ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಎಂಬ ಒಂದು ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳ ಗುಂಪು ಆಕಾಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಹಾರುತ್ತ ನರ್ತಿಸುತ್ತ ಉಂಟುಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಸಂಜೆಯ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ, ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್‌ಗಳ ಸಣ್ಣ ಗುಂಪುಗಳು ಆಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಚ್ಛಂದವಾಗಿ ಹಾರುತ್ತ ಗುಂಪಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಮೈಮರೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಗುಂಪು ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಗಿ, ವೈಮಾನಿಕ ನೃತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಚಲಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಬೆಳಕಿನ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಭವ್ಯ ರೂಪರೇಖೆಗಳನ್ನು ಉಂಟುಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಸ್ಟಾರ್ಲಿಂಗ್‌ಗಳನ್ನು ‘ಭಾಗಶಃ ವಲಸೆಗಾರರು’ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇವು ಕೇವಲ ಕೆಲವು ಸ್ಥಳಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಚಲಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಮರ್ಮರೇಷನ್ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಪಕ್ಷಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಆಕರ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪೆರೆಗ್ರಿನ್

ಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಲ್ಪ ಮಾಹಿತಿ

ಹುಲ್ಲಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಲ್ಪ ಮಾಹಿತಿ

ಕ್ರೀಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಲಹಾಸಿಗೆ ಬಳಸುವ ವಿವಿಧ ಹುಲ್ಲುಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ತಿಳಿಯೋಣ. ನಮ್ಮ ಸರಣಿಯ ಮುಂದುವರಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಗಾಲ್ಫ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸುವ ಹುಲ್ಲುಗಳನ್ನು ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸೋಣ. ಬೆಂಟ್ ಗ್ರಾಸ್ಇದನ್ನು ಗಾಲ್ಫ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ್‌ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಇದು ದಪ್ಪವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಹುಲ್ಲು ಸ್ಥಿರವಾದ ಶಾಖವನ್ನು ಸಹಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಆದರೂ ಹಸಿರಾಗಿ ಉಳಿಯಲು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ನೀರಿನ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದರರ್ಥ ನೀವು ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹಸಿರಾಗಿಡಲು ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದ ನೀರನ್ನು ಬಳಸಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಪೋವಾ ಅಣ್ಣುವಾಇದು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಬಾಳಿಕೆ ಬರುವ ಮತ್ತು ಯು ಯಸ್ ನ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಕರಾವಳಿಯ

Can the African Jacana Walk on Water?

Can the African Jacana Walk on Water?

Blessed with long, slender legs and interestingly long toes that make their walking look classy, the African Jacana is quite incredible to look at. While they have not yet mastered the art of walking on water, these ‘Lilly-trotters’ walk on floating plankton, grass and water lilies. As the weight of the bird is supported pushes the vegetation

Know your Grass

Know your Grass

In continuation of our series on various grasses in sports, let us examine the grasses used in golf. Bentgrass It is also used on golf courses and grows thick. It is thick and can withstand heavy traffic. But the grass can not tolerate consistent heat and requires a small quantity of water to stay green.

The Aerial Dance – Murmuration

The Aerial Dance – Murmuration

Murmurations are a large group of starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in heavenly shape-shifting clouds. Earlier in the evening, small groups of starlings from the same area came together above a shared nest. The group became larger, moving in unison in an aerial dance toss to the grand outlines against

Do Plants Have Memories?

Do Plants Have Memories?

Looks like they do! After spending years researching on the ‘sensitive plant’ – mimosa, Monica Gagliano found some interesting traits. We all know Mimosa pudica is a plant known for its defensive techniques and we have covered it many times on our blog too. When it feels something hostile, the leaves of the mimosa curl up or

TURN THAT BLEMISH INTO BEAUTY

TURN THAT BLEMISH INTO BEAUTY

As the lockdown opens up and most of us are going back to offices again, we know what you are thinking! How do you look flawless yet simply elegant! Look at our #PlantScience#carebox and you have the perfect solution for that. With the anti-blemish cream, you can now get back your natural glow within 2-3 weeks –

What is The Best FaceWash for Acne?

What is The Best FaceWash for Acne?

Trying to combat adult acne? We understand your pain. Irrespective of gender, it can happen to almost anyone, and adult acne is surprisingly more common than people often think. But that does not mean that you have to have to accept the annoying pimples and stubborn redness on your face. It is all about choosing

Mushrooms with Medicinal Values

Mushrooms with Medicinal Values

Though some may dismiss medicinal food, medical researchers have demonstrated how prescribed diets can be used to reduce health risks. Mushrooms are one such functional food. There are currently 38,000 medicinal mushroom species that have been discovered and classified. Certain fungi and their extracts have even been shown to have anti-cancer properties due to their

EDIBLE FUNGI YOU WOULD LOVE

EDIBLE FUNGI YOU WOULD LOVE

In continuation of our series on edible mushrooms, especially some of whom you would find in high-end supermarkets and restaurants, you would love what we are discussing today. Check out our series on mushrooms on our blog (link in bio). Saffron Milkcap This mushroom often surprises people when they see an orange mushroom covered in

The Edible Rainbow

The Edible Rainbow

People often assume that all the coloured mushrooms are poisonous. Although the idea of this colour code cannot be entirely denied or avoided, the truth is that when it comes to these edible fungi, there are a lot of misconceptions that need to be clarified. So, let’s bust the myths around edible fungi. Scarlet Elfcup

5 Most Poisonous Mushrooms

5 Most Poisonous Mushrooms

Mushrooms are enjoyed by many people all over the world, and are a divisive food that diners either love or despise. Those who enjoy eating fungi, on the other hand, must be cautious about which mushrooms they consume, as approximately 30 wild species are known to be consistently fatal due to high levels of toxicity,

How Plants Use Resin to Protect Themselves from Injury

How Plants Use Resin to Protect Themselves from Injury

It is truly wonderful how all living beings have evolved to protect themselves from threats. Even plants have evolved to come up with superb defence strategies that keep them properly safe and protected from a wide variety of serious threats. Resin is an organic compound that is generally produced by specific trees in response to

Strategies to Deter Nectar Thieves

Strategies to Deter Nectar Thieves

Can plants use techniques to keep unwanted guests away? Kind of enforcing boundaries where they keep certain visitors out while attracting others? It seems that way when you see the plight of ants that try to steal sweet nectar away from them. Although the ants often mutualize with seed dispersals for plants, they rarely participate

Do Plants Have Consciousness?

Do Plants Have Consciousness?

Do you have a feeling that your plants can sense how your mood is or how you are feeling on a particular day? While in some stories and some plant parents have experience where plants respond as if they can understand what you are going through, just like your pet, this is not proven. For

Blood Shooting Lizard

Blood Shooting Lizard

Having a rugged body might come naturally to the horned lizard and it sure appreciates it. In the semi-arid environments of North and Central America, the horned lizard uses its flatted shape, mud-coloured body and almost frog-like appearance to camouflage itself in the soil. While the spins on its body and the scary-looking horns on

How Does the Octopus See Colour?

How Does the Octopus See Colour?

We know that octopus is a very smart marine creature. Octopus’ level of self-expression, problem-solving, and astuteness is very high. Of course, vision is a very crucial part of living life. An earthworm is a successful creature, yet the earthworm is blind. In the case of octopuses, they had only a single type of photoreceptor.

Fight Dry Skin this Summer

Fight Dry Skin this Summer

This mid-COVID summer is going to be way more difficult to deal with. The rising levels of humidity and temperature are not on good terms with the mandatory mask regime. But I have a few little tips for you so that you rock through the summer without becoming prone to any health concerns. Don’t Let

Stories That Mummified Parrots Tell

Stories That Mummified Parrots Tell

According to a recent study of mummified parrots discovered in high altitude desert areas of South America, researchers were able to transport prized birds through vast and complex trades as early as 900 years ago. Outside of the house in the Amazon rain forest, in the north of Chile in the Arid Atacama Desert, were

Ancient Uses of Plant Resin

Ancient Uses of Plant Resin

Natural resin is one of the most versatile substances that you can find. It is a sticky substance that is secreted generally by coniferous trees as a means of protection. It is toxic towards insects and herbivores and helps to keep the tree protected from harm. Resin has been harvested and used by humans since

Trees Talk Through an Ancient ‘Otherworld’ Network

Trees Talk Through an Ancient ‘Otherworld’ Network

WWW is an immensely popular abbreviation in the current world. But the trees are giving a very interesting turn to the concept of WWW.  According to ancient beliefs, trees can talk among themselves. But the entire process is seemingly new to the science world, as it is still exploring this. Deep under the layers of

Nature’s biggest oxygen producer

Nature’s biggest oxygen producer

The current crisis regarding oxygen cylinder unavailability is not unknown to anyone. However, as nature prepares us for the tough times, it also provides ways and ingredients in our venture to get out of the crisis. All we need to do is be aware and keep our eyes and ears open all the time. Let’s

Nature’s cure

Nature’s cure

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, understand the best-kept

Is Glass Gem Corn Real? Can You Eat It?

Is Glass Gem Corn Real? Can You Eat It?

There aren’t many vegetables with a Facebook page, let alone one with nearly 19,000 followers, but “Glass Gem” corn is one of a kind. Because of its translucent, rainbow-coloured kernels, it became an Internet sensation. Growers of Glass Gem claim that the crop has inspired thousands of people to participate in seed saving and reconnect

The Contagious Yawners

The Contagious Yawners

One simple yawn and you get tagged as lazy. However, the science behind the simple yawn is not as easy. Robert Provine, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said that there is still no consensus about the purpose of the yawning process. Since the beginning of the 1980s, Provine

Skincare secrets from PlantScience

Skincare secrets from PlantScience

Healthy skin is like a way to happiness. The radiance of your skin can boost your confidence. However, not always it becomes possible to spend hours on an intensive skincare routine. Thus, today I have brought together ten tips, following which will help you get healthy skin. Before getting started, this is a skincare routine.

How males trick females!

How males trick females!

No. We are not trying to lure you in with a tricky headline! Among Topi antelopes that live on the savannahs of Africa, Dr. Jakob Bro Jorgensen of the University of Liverpool, UK, found this interesting behaviour. As the savannah gives little space to hide for the predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs, they have

Do Plants have Doll’s Eyes?

Do Plants have Doll’s Eyes?

If you are walking alone by yourself in the Midwestern or Eastern United States or Eastern Canada, you will encounter a strange phenomenon of hoards of eye-balls looking at you out of nowhere. Do not mistake them for being a prank or wonder if someone collected doll’s eyes and hung them up on a tree.

Gardenia Gummifera – Dikamali

Gardenia Gummifera – Dikamali

Gardenia gummifera L.f. (Family: Rubeacea) is used in the indigenous system of medicine to cure many diseases. The herb, named Gardenia Gummifera – Dikamali is used in the treatment of wounds, skin diseases, fever, stomach pain, etc. The herb has different names, like resin, telbampa, bikke, etc. So, do not get confused when you see

Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida, An Edible Gum-Resin

Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida, An Edible Gum-Resin

Indian cuisine relies on a vast battery of spices – and hing plays an integral part. Native to Afghanistan and Iraq, #Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida/Hing) is the dried sap obtained from the roots of Ferula plants and is a flavouring agent for food. #Hing is acquired in molten form and further processed into a consumable product. Several flavours of

Faking In Humans When They Fall In Football

Faking In Humans When They Fall In Football

Did you ever watch live football matches? If so, you will know that soccer players seem dramatic and tend to exaggerate their ordinary fouls. Last night, dad and I watched a Football match where we saw a famous player suddenly fall. All the other players and we also thought that he was severely hurt. But

Why Plant-Based Healing Is Good For Your Skin

Why Plant-Based Healing Is Good For Your Skin

The market is currently flooding with skincare products ranging from organic to synthetic. Many of these products promise to provide instant results. While some of them may work as said, they may not necessarily be the right choice for your skin. The debate between synthetic and natural products has been going on for some time

Brown trout and deceitful orgasms

Brown trout and deceitful orgasms

Is faking an orgasm only a human trait? Well, it seems, it transcends species! Being deceitful about orgasms is not uncommon among human beings but some specific species have mastered the art of faking their way out. Surprised? Take for instance the female brown trout. During the mating season, male trouts flock to court the

10 Grips of the Human Hand

10 Grips of the Human Hand

By now, the Persian expression has already received its true prominence as it denotes that all five fingers in a hand comprise different shapes, sizes, and orientations, and hence each of them is unique from one another. But did you know that these intricacies only make the human hand a crucial body part with highest

How to rejuvenate your skin naturally

How to rejuvenate your skin naturally

 The summer is almost here. As much as I like it with all the visits to beaches, tall glasses filled with juices and the summer breeze, I also get tensed about my skin. It’s the time of the year when you can’t stay inside the blankets anymore or cover your dry skin underneath the warmth

5 best plants for your skin

5 best plants for your skin

The royal poinciana tree in my garden is blooming. The gorgeous red flowers have added panache to the elegance of it. But honestly, it is not only about how beautiful my plants make my backyard look. I’m somewhat more interested in knowing the beneficial properties that the plants come with. And knowledge is the key

Glow with PlantScience this summer

Glow with PlantScience this summer

The wedding season is here. As you browse through your wardrobe for that perfect lehenga to wear on your best friend’s wedding, or that stunning suit to wear to your colleague’s sangeet, don’t forget about your skin. Although, skincare should be a part of your daily routine, “Tough times call for tough measures”. If you

5 great spices for glowing skin

5 great spices for glowing skin

India is a land of spices and how we love our spices is a well-known secret. Did you know that spices can help us with our skin too? Spices are concentrated sources of antioxidants and some have been studied for therapeutic properties. Most of these spices are available in our kitchen and are traditionally used

Simple home remedies for skin care

Simple home remedies for skin care

Though it protects our body with fervor, your skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the human body. Easily exposed to the elements, your skin tends to effected easily. With winter wrecking havoc and summer around the corner, you must be looking for some simple tips for taking care of your skin with

Tips for Natural Skin Care

Tips for Natural Skin Care

There was a time when people used to be obsessed with chemical-based beauty products to make their skin glow, temporarily. Gladly, over time people have learnt and understood the harmful effects of such products, and the need to gather knowledge about all the natural skincare products have rejuvenated. But with the rise of internet and

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.

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,

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giant umbrella sized leaves

Giant umbrella sized leaves

Considered as medicine for sexually transmitted diseases, the Brazilian Giant-rhubarb is a large, clump-forming perennial with stout horizontal stems known as rhizomes, massive umbrella-sized leaves.  The leaves of Gunnera manicata grow to an impressive size Leaves with diameters well in excess of 4 ft (122 cm) are commonplace, with a spread of 10 ft (3

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