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Decoding the genome of a jackfruit that grows all year round

Jackfruit (scientific name: Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) is an evergreen tree, which produces the world’s largest edible single fruit, one of which can weigh up to 50 kg! It is widely grown in tropical countries including Bangladesh, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, and... click to read more

  • Tofazzal Islam | Professor at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University
Views 1936
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 6, 2023
Life after logging: the tale of recovering tropical forests

Tropical forests are incredibly important to the planet. They harbour vast amounts of biodiversity, and they store a large proportion of the Earth’s carbon. Tropical forests are, however, changing due to human activities, and human-modified forests are now more widespread than pristine old-growth forests in... click to read more

Views 390
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 21, 2023
Stress for parents can translate into resilience for their children

The exponentially rising global population calls for us to improve crop productivity. Plants face a number of biotic stresses in nature, which can lead to huge crop losses. While a number of crop protection technologies have been introduced in agriculture to date, each of them... click to read more

  • Menka Tiwari | Research Scholar at Banaras Hindu University
  • Prashant Singh | Principal Investigator at Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Views 578
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 11, 2023
Mountain flowers awe the eye and puzzle the botanist

Imagine you are driving in the Hengduan Mountains. The wind from the valley mixed with the sunshine comfort you. You see some plants by the road. They are short, the leaves are pinnate and nothing special. But the flowers are lovely, light, with long and... click to read more

  • Rong Liu | Professor at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden
Views 453
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 19, 2023
Prickly prospects for cacti under climate change

Negative human impacts on nature have resulted in what some have come to call a new mass extinction event. The effects of direct processes such as habitat destruction and poaching are relatively easy to understand. The results of more gradual, indirect factors like climate change... click to read more

Views 1981
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2023