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INVENTORY ON THE BIODIVERSITY OF A TRIBAL VILLAGE IN ASSAM, INDIA, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THEIR USE PATTERN

INVENTORY ON THE BIODIVERSITY OF A TRIBAL VILLAGE IN ASSAM, INDIA, WITH SPECIAL  REFERENCE TO THEIR USE PATTERN

Mishing (Miri) tribe is inhabiting the districts of Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar,
Jorhat and Golaghat of Assam, Northeast India. A good number of wild plants are traditionally used by them for their day
to day life.

Capsicum Sonitpurensis (Solanaceae) - A new species from Assam, India

A new species Capsicum sonitpurensis (Solanaceae) is proposed from Sonitpur district of Assam. It resembles Capsicum chinense and C. annum but has many contrasting characters from each other. The description, photographs and IUCN conservation status of the species are provided.

Scientists Claim They Have "Solved the Mystery of How the First Animals Appeared on Earth"

SNOWBALLS AND ALGAE

This week, in a press release, the Australian National University asserted that a team of their scientists had figured out how animal life came into existence on our planet. The release states, “Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist.”

The studbook of timber elephants of Myanmar with special reference to survivorship analysis - Khyne U Mar

The purpose of the demographic analyses in this study was to calculate the basic life tables to determine the effects of the long-term captivity of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), which are utilized extensively as draught animals, on survival, fecundity and viability. The studbook data were collected from the elephant log books and the annual reports of the Extraction Department, Myanma Timber Enterprise of the Union of Myanmar. We had access to a near-total of the records (n (9600) of elephants captured or born after the year 1875, including 3 070 calving records. It was documented that 32.5 percent of calves born in captivity failed to reach the age of five years. Life table analysis revealed that most mortality occurred before the age of five. Survivorship analysis of adults and sub-adults (more than five years) showed that wild caught elephants and female elephants had significantly higher survival rates (P <0.001) than captive born and male elephants, respectively. A similar analysis was conducted for calves (under five years) and comparisons were made between dam origins and sex. It was revealed that calves born from wild caught (WC) dams had higher survival rates than those born from captive born (CB) dams (P <0.001), while survivorship and sex showed no correlation.

Growth and development of Bambusa balcooa (Bhuluka baah) and Bambusa tulda (Jaati baah) – a field observation

Research Papers on Bamboo Species

The present study was carried out to understand the rate of growth and development of two bamboo species namely Bambusa balcooa (Bhuluka banh) and Bambusa tulda (Jaati banh) cultivated together under same environmental condition. It was recorded that circumferences were only showed significant difference not the shoot number and shoot length of the two species. Keywords Green Gold • Bambusa balcooa • Bambusa tulda
 

 

Poverty endangers the Hilsa in Bangladesh

A fisherman’s wife on the doorstep on poverty in Bangladesh [image by Zobaidur Rahman

Selim Miah went to the Meghna river to catch fish with his father when he was nine years old. Now, 41 years later, he is still fighting to make ends meet.

“We are struggling to find food to survive; not just for a few days or nights, we struggle day after day. Being a fisherman is a curse!” Selim Miah told thethirdpole.net.

Guns, tractors threaten wildlife more than climate: study

Demand for meat and body parts has driven the gorilla to near extinction. By Ivan Lieman (AFP/File)

The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a rest of conservation priorities.

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