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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,

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳು ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ ?

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳು ಸಹಾಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ ?

ಚಪ್ಪಟೆಯಾದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ರೆಕ್ಕೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಬಿಳಿ-ಬೂದು ಬಣ್ಣದ ದೇಹದ ಮೇಲೆ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುವ ಎರಡು ಪ್ರಕಾಶಮಾನವಾದ ನೀಲಿ ಕಣ್ಣುಗುಡ್ಡೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ, ಹಾಕ್‌ಮೋತ್ ಭವ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತದೆ. ಅವು ಮನುಷ್ಯರಿಗೆ ನಿರುಪದ್ರವಿಗಳಾಗಿದ್ದು ಹೂವುಗಳಿಂದ ಮಕರಂದವನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಬದುಕುತ್ತವೆ. ಅವರು ಸ್ನೇಹಪರವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಬಹುದು, ಆದರೆ ಅವುಗಳ ಲಾರ್ವಾಗಳು ಭೀಕರವಾಗಿ ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿವೆ. ಹಾಕ್‌ಮೊತ್‌ನ ಮರಿಹುಳುಗಳು ತೋಟಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಳು ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಅವರ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆಬಾಕತನದಿಂದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ತ್ವರಿತವಾಗಿ ತಿನ್ನಲು ಅನುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಭಾರೀ ನಷ್ಟವನ್ನು ಉಂಟುಮಾಡಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಡಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರ ನಡುವಿನ ಪೈಪೋಟಿ.

ಸಸ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಡಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರ ನಡುವಿನ ಪೈಪೋಟಿ.

ನೀವು ಸಹೋದರಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸಹೋದರನನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದರೆ, ನೀವು ಬಾಲ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದ ಸವಿಯಾದ ಘಟನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ ನೆನಪಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೀರಿ.ಆದರೆ ಸಸ್ಯಗಳ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಡಹುಟ್ಟಿದವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಪೈಪೋಟಿ ಇದೆ ಎಂದು ನೀವು ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೀರಾ? ಕೆ.ಎನ್. ಗಣೇಶಯ್ಯ ಅವರು ಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಆಗಿದ್ದು, ಸಸ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ಕೃಷಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪಾರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಲೇಖನಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಗಣೇಶಯ್ಯ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಕೃಷಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿವೃತ್ತ ಕೃಷಿ ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕರು. ವೃತ್ತಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಹೊರತಾಗಿ, ಗಣೇಶಯ್ಯ ರೋಮಾಂಚಕ ಕಥೆಗಳ ಸಮೃದ್ಧ ಬರಹಗಾರರು. ಸಣ್ಣ ಕಥೆಗಳ ಹೊರತಾಗಿ, ಅವರು ಹಲವಾರು

ಪರಾಗಸ್ಪರ್ಶಕ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯ ಸಂಚು.

ಪರಾಗಸ್ಪರ್ಶಕ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯ ಸಂಚು.

ಹೂವುಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡಲು ಕೀಟಗಳನ್ನು ಆಕರ್ಷಿಸುವ ಏಕೈಕ ವಿಷಯವೆಂದರೆ ಬಾಹ್ಯ ಬಣ್ಣಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನೋಟ ಎಂದು ನೀವು ಭಾವಿಸಿದರೆ, ನೀವು ತಪ್ಪಾಗಿ ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತೀರಿ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಹೂವಿನ ಬಣ್ಣವು ಕೀಟಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಆಕರ್ಷಣೆಯಾಗಬಹುದು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಹಿಂದಿನ ಲೇಖನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕಲಿತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಹೂವಿನ ದಳಗಳ ಮೇಲಿನ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ಗೆರೆಗಳು ಕೀಟಗಳು ಮಕರಂದವನ್ನು ತಲುಪಲು ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಿ ಮೂಲವಾಗಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ನಂತರ, ಪರಾಗವು ಅವುಗಳ ದೇಹಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತವೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅವುಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಇತರ ಹೂವುಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸುತ್ತವೆ, ಸಂತಾನೋತ್ಪತ್ತಿಗೆ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತವೆ.

Homo luzonensis Discovery – What Does it Mean for Anthropology Research?

Homo luzonensis Discovery – What Does it Mean for Anthropology Research?

Homo luzonensis Discovery – What Does it Mean for Anthropology Research? The human race’s history and ancestry is an exciting but complicated affair. Various subspecies and variants share ancestral ties with current humans. In 2019, a new branch of the human ancestral tree was discovered in a cave in the Philippines. The first evidence of

The plan to pollinator attraction

The plan to pollinator attraction

If you think superficial colours and looks are the only things that attract insects to flowers, you are mistaken. There is a lot more going on there. We have learnt in the previous post how the colour of the flower can be a major attraction for insects. The fine lines on the petals of a

Sibling Rivalry in Plants

Sibling Rivalry in Plants

If you have a sister or brother, you will fondly remember the silly fights you had as a child. In the case of plants, do you think sibling rivalry exists? K.N. Ganeshaiah is a polymath who has contributed a vast number of papers and articles in botany and agriculture. Ganeshaiah is a retired professor of agriculture

Sir Andre Geim and the Magnetic Frog

Sir Andre Geim and the Magnetic Frog

Andre Geim is the only person to date who has been both a Nobel Prize recipient and an Ig Nobel Prize. The Ig Nobel prize is a satirical prize that has been annually awarded since 1991 by a comic magazine known as the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). It is awarded annually to 10 discoveries that first

Can plants call for help?

Can plants call for help?

With large wings that open out flat and two bright blue eyespots that stand out on a white-grey body, the majestic hawkmoth looks majestic, especially with the five yellow-orange sports. Though they are harmless to humans and largely survive by drinking nectar from flowers, they can seem friendly. But their larvae have a menacingly different

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

Relationship Between Beaks And Flowers

Relationship Between Beaks And Flowers

Do you know that birds adapt according to their environment and perform their best to survive? One of the marvellous features of a bird is its beak. While having many functions, the beak also adapts as the environment changes. Why Is Beak Important For Adaptation? The most common use of a beak is to drink

Do Plants Produce a Slippery Substance To Keep Ants Away?

Do Plants Produce a Slippery Substance To Keep Ants Away?

Although the ants often mutualize with seed dispersals for plants, they rarely participate in pollination. More often than not, when it comes to flowers, the ants negatively affect crops that act as nectar thieves and scare away with their aggressive presence of legitimate pollinators. Therefore, it is useful for nectar plants to develop mechanisms that

Is Watermelon a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Is Watermelon a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Watermelons first appeared about 5,000 years ago in South Africa, and there are still many wild varieties, from sweet to bland and bitter. They spread out and were cultivated by the year 2000 BC and became a common food in ancient Egypt. The hieroglyphs on buildings from that time telling stories of watermelons are one

Do Plants Favour Relatives?

Do Plants Favour Relatives?

How Root Exudates Play a Major Role in Plant Survival One of the most interesting things about nature is the study of how plants have evolved defence mechanisms to contend with a harsh and unforgiving environment. Like all living things, plants must constantly defend themselves against predators, parasites, harmful bacteria, and other threats. They have

3 Nutritional Mushrooms

3 Nutritional Mushrooms

Although they are fungi, mushrooms are classified as “vegetables” in the culinary world. They are also used as a meat substitute in meatless dishes due to how well they absorb the flavours of the dish – and some mushrooms are naturally umami (or savoury, like many types of meat). They can also be used to

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 Birds Help Study Mercury Contamination

How Birds Help Study Mercury Contamination

Did you know we study Mercury contamination by assessing bird feathers? The contamination of our ecosystem by Mercury is growing every day and its impact needs to be measured. Studies show Mercury is a global pollutant and mostly for wetlands. Birds aid in the biomonitoring of mercury in our ecosystem. Scientists research few bird species

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

RIP Bedlight. Hello Glowing Plants

RIP Bedlight. Hello Glowing Plants

Very soon the lighting industry is going to a jolt, especially in the area of night lamps as they are going to be blown away by the latest entrant in the market – a glowing plant! Scientists have used the bioluminescent properties of mushrooms to create ornamental house plants with long-lasting leaves and flowers.The use

Will Children be hit by the 3rd Wave of COVID-19?

Will Children be hit by the 3rd Wave of COVID-19?

We asked our mentor and guide, Dr Damle, this question and here is what he had to say. Several parents are calling in asking, whether they are children are at risk during the third week. Since experts have said that, children may get hit. Take the experts seriously because what they have said, they want

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

A perfect gift for your loved ones -PlantScience Carebox

A perfect gift for your loved ones -PlantScience Carebox

Gift your mother a plant, or a PlantScience Carebox We’re all here because of our Moms and for those of us who are Moms, having kids is like having our hearts walk around outside our bodies. Whether a woman is a Mother or not, the aspect of the divine feminine principle, Shakti, is ever-present with

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

Light-Emitting Watercress For Future Streetlamps

Light-Emitting Watercress For Future Streetlamps

Did you ever think that the roads to the future could be brightly lit by trees? Of course, none of us ever thought that watercress plants would replace street lamps. Science has evolved, and experts have included specialized nanoparticles into the watercress plant. Mainly, it is inserted in the leaves, which can glow for four hours.

Five immunity-boosting superfoods

Five immunity-boosting superfoods

Now that we are all aware of the importance immunity levels have in our recovery, thanks to the current state of health awareness, we bring you the superfoods you can rely on to help build your immunity naturally. Though these foods can help you, they are by no means a substitute for the medications your

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

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

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.

Do Cows have Inbuilt Compasses?

Do Cows have Inbuilt Compasses?

Yes. You read it right! Strangely enough, for centuries, people have not noticed this enough until someone figured it out. Seems like the bovine folk might have more knowledge than we assume about the Earth’s magnetism.  While some experienced farmers would explain this alignment of cows standing in the North-South direction as a way to

Why Do Crocodiles Swallow Stones?

Why Do Crocodiles Swallow Stones?

When you are a crocodile, your diet has many things that are not at all easy. Whether it is the decaying carcasses you find or the smaller animals you manage to capture, you are bound to have digestive issues. How can a crocodile help itself with digestive problems? Let me explain. We already spoke at

The Holy Myrrh, Guggul and Incense

The Holy Myrrh, Guggul and Incense

Ever wondered where your incense comes from? Did you know that guggul is a resin secreted by the Mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), which grows in India, Central Asia, and North Africa? In India, incense sticks are a critical element in most Hindu celebrations. During pujas and festivals, incense sticks or dhoop are used liberally.

Camphor & Eucalyptus, the chemical cousins

Camphor & Eucalyptus, the chemical cousins

Some plants are so close to one another that you keep thinking they might be related, though they are not similar. When you are in search of identifying plants that can cure human ailments, this becomes critical. Let us look at some of them. The camphor tree is native to China and is one of

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

Do pitcher plants trap salamanders too?

Do pitcher plants trap salamanders too?

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5 great spices for glowing skin

5 great spices for glowing skin

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Do plants attract suitors by their flashy colours?

Do plants attract suitors by their flashy colours?

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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

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

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

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 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bar for insects!

Bar for insects!

If you have not heard yet, you do now – Rafflesia. Considered as the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia arnoldii gives off the odor of stinking flesh to attract flies, blowflies, etc., that will act as their pollinating agents. Carrion flies swarm to Rafflesia, attracted by the scent of rotting meat—reportedly strongest around noon on the third or fourth

Sweet talk and drops of nectar.

Sweet talk and drops of nectar.

The next in our series of masters of disguise is Broad-Leaved Helleborine:The broad-leaved helleborine is a sub-species of orchid that have evolved physiological and morphological tactics to help them attract social wasps, which are their main pollinating agents. They trick pollinators into visiting their flowers. Some attract males by mimicking the sight and smells of females.

Beauty and fragrance

Beauty and fragrance

If looks can lure, this hammer orchid can summon an army of wasps. Add to that the brilliance of feninine pheromones and you have the ultimate combination.  The hammer orchid is an Australian species of orchid that attracts insects by mimicking both the visual and olfactory characteristics of pollinating insects like bees and wasps. This

Plants and the art of disguise

Plants and the art of disguise

When you look at Tom Hanks transform into the character of Forest Gump or Robin Williams into Mrs. Doubtfire, you are enthralled to see how the protagonist can mimic a completely different character with such ease and finesse. However good these fine actors are, there are better-mimicking geniuses in the world of plants and animals. 

You know you love me!

You know you love me!

When you see one of the finest examples of plants mimicking insects in the Mirror Bee Orchid, you wonder if there is a master mentoring them. Mirror bee orchids have sufficient resemblance to the female of the ichneumon  wasp Lissopimpla semipunctata to induce copulation by the male wasp. To take their deception further, they are very well-known for

Can Plants Taste?

Can Plants Taste?

Professor Jack C Schultz of the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia describe plants as slow animals. Humans have an intertwined sense of smell and taste. It is similar to plants too.    He says that plants, like animals, fight for their space, look for food, set up traps for prey, and

Can plants feel touch?

Can plants feel touch?

We all think plants are gentle, and believe that they respond to human touch. Some Australian scientists have found evidence that they can feel the touch. Lead researcher Olivier Van Aken, professor at the University of Western Australia, mentions that “Although people generally assume plants don’t feel when they are being touched, this shows that they

Ants help pollinate just like bees #PlantScienceFacts

Ants help pollinate just like bees #PlantScienceFacts

Did you know ants have a symbiotic relation with plants and help in pollination?The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both. The plants not just provide food and accommodation in the form of food bodies, seeds and nectar as well

How do plants sense the light?Do plants have vision?

How do plants sense the light?Do plants have vision?

Did you know that plants seek light and grow towards the source of light?Having a steady source of light helps a plant to grow healthy. But what if there is no active source of light? Like in a forest, where thick foliage, larger trees block the light? It might as well be in a room

Coconut water cleaner than bottled water

Coconut water cleaner than bottled water

Nature can be really amazing when you try to understand the complex mechanisms that are hidden in our plain sight. Take the humble coconut for example. Did you know that coconut water is as clean and sterile as factory bottle water? This is the case even when the coconut tree doesn’t get clean water. It

Plants can regenerate, why don’t we?

Plants can regenerate, why don’t we?

Did you know that most plants can regrow even when 90% of their biomass gets destroyed? That is an extraordinary resilience exhibited by plants and we are excited about that. What if we can capture that resilience in our lives? What if we can learn from the rejuvenating secrets plants have to offer? Well, that

Bees too have addiction to coffee..

Bees too have addiction to coffee..

Just like us, bees are addicted to caffeine as well and hence they return to the same plants when flowers bloom. When you think about this, the plants are actually controlling the way their seeds and pollen are sent out to regenerate and thereby attracting the bees. Isn’t it interesting to see how a small

Exploring the medicinal solutions in plants

Exploring the medicinal solutions in plants

Medicinal Plants have been used from prehistoric times as a preliminary and effective cure for various kinds of illnesses and diseases when pharmaceuticals were not yet still developed. The concept of medicinal herbs originated with forest plants being potentially active with organic chemicals and enzymes that served as natural antidotes, pain killers, and other forms

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