About the benefits and advantages of plastic recycling and the business opportunities it presents while helping us save the earth and our waters from the dangers of plastic pollution.
Sudhir Deshmukh (name changed) a farmer in Yavatmal last saw his fluffy cotton crops before he sprayed the poisonous insecticides. Little did he know that the use of these pesticides would take away his life leaving behind a family of four dependents.
India has been an agricultural nation since time immemorial. Agriculture is the part and parcel of this nation’s rich cultural heritage. As of 2011, India had a large and diverse agricultural sector, accounting, on average, for about 16% of GDP and 10% of export earnings.
Genetically modified organisms are living entities whose genetic material has been altered to selective add or eliminate characteristics to improve their performance. In 1973, Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen successfully created the first genetically engineered (GE) organism wherein they successfully transferred a gene coding for antibiotic resistance from one bacteria to another . This paved the way for scientists to try and find solutions to the world’s most pertinent questions by tailor made innovations involving alteration of genetic material. This may have led to an plethora of benefits but also has opened an ethical Pandora’s box. One such example is Bt cotton.
The rampant use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers has brought about a decline in soil fertility and crop health across the world. Crops today are more prone to diseases, deficiencies etc. This realization has marked the advent of organic farming globally. Organic foods boast of being residue free and are much costlier than locally available produce. But is organic farming really a new age concept?
Did you know that 49 percent of India’s population is associated with agriculture, but their contribution is just 15 percent in the total GDP? This definitely calls for some major modifications in the agricultural sector, as India is an agricultural country. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya had also recently expressed his views that reforms in the agricultural sector are essential to bring a second green revolution.
Soil microbes play a major role in almost all chemical reactions required for plant growth, which take place in the soil. This is the main reason why the biological composition of the soil essentially determines its fertility.
Tomatoes are one of the most widely grown crops ranging right from small backyard gardens to large fields.
Viral infections in tomato plants may be caused due to numerous viruses. Most viral disease in tomatoes are caused by the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and tomato leaf curl viruses (ToLCV), however many other viruses may also cause significant losses of the crop.
It is very well known the plant-microbe interactions are crucial for the growth and development of plants. However, it has always been believed that processes like nitrogen fixation are mainly associated with microbes that colonize the roots of plants. However, a recent study by Plant microbiologist Sharon Doty and her team in the University of Washington proves otherwise.