DARPA to terraform Mars with human-engineered organisms

US defense scientists are planning to use genetically engineered algae, bacteria and plants to radically transform the climate of Mars and terraform it into an Earth-like planet.

Here's how global warming is affecting crop nutrient quality
Here's how global warming is affecting crop nutrient quality

A new study has suggested that increased carbon dioxide levels in air, due to global warming, restrict plants' ability to absorb nutrients.

World Environment Day: Spiritual group plants 10 million trees
World Environment Day: Spiritual group plants 10 million trees

A spiritual group said on Friday that it had achieved its 2011 target of planting 10 million trees across the country.

Plants defend themselves while being eaten
Plants defend themselves while being eaten

Vegetarians please note! Next time when you chew upon your favourite lettuce, be a little more considerate.

'Green taxi' inspires people in Kolkata

A cab driver in Kolkata inspires people to adopt eco-friendly measures through his unique 'green taxi'. Dhananjay Chakrabarty keeps plants inside his taxi and a bed of grass on top of it. He nurtures his greenery every day by watering the grass and plants. 

Nitin Gadkari waters plants with own urine!
Nitin Gadkari waters plants with own urine!

The secret behind the lush green garden at Union Road Transport and National Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari's Delhi Bungalow is out.

Silicon boosts sustainable rice production
Silicon boosts sustainable rice production

By enhancing the resistance against pests, pathogens and abiotic stresses such as salts, drought and storms, silicon (Si) plays a crucial role in the development of sustainable rice production systems with lower or zero input of harmful pesticides, says a study. 

Natural insect repellent to cut pesticide use
Natural insect repellent to cut pesticide use

Using novel biochemical techniques, British scientists have recreated a natural insect repellent that can help avoid the use of chemical pesticides and save plants from pest attack.

Whale genealogy gives new insight into evolution: Research

New Zealand researchers said they have developed the world's most comprehensive family tree of one of the largest and most unusual animals ever to live.

Plants too are passive smokers
Plants too are passive smokers

Passive smoking is not only bad for family and friends but also for plants around us that can take up nicotine from contaminated soils as well as from smoke, a significant research reveals.

Herbicides raise resistance to medical antibiotics: Study

Commonly used herbicides can increase bacteria resistance to antibiotics, according to a New Zealand-led study released on Tuesday.

Street lamps hamper plant growth

Artificial night time light from sources such as street lamps affects the growth and flowering of plants and even the number of insects that depend on those plants for food, a new study confirms.

Protein helps birds to navigate via magnetic field: Study

Researchers have found that a magnetically sensitive protein called Cryptochrome that mediates circadian rhythms in plants and animals helps birds to sense the earth's magnetic field and use it to navigate over long distances. 

How plants help prevent liver damage during menopause

Plants can help prevent liver damage in women caused by fat accumulated during menopause, claims a new study.

'Love child' is born after 60 million year breakup

Scientists have discovered a delicate fern in the mountains of France that is the "love child" of two distantly-related groups of plants that have not interbred in 60 million years.

Coming soon, juicy steaks made of plants

Now, foodies might be in for a treat as one might be able to gorge on juicy steaks made of plants.

Tata Steel Zoological Park celebrates 25th foundation day

Tata Steel Zoological Park on Friday celebrated its 25th Foundation Day with the participation of children from primitive Sabar community.

'Redesigned' plants to improve biofuel production

Opening up opportunities to "redesign plants" for efficient biofuel production, researchers have identified the gene regulatory network that controls the formation of xylem -- the major component of wood.

GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline
GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline

The growing use of genetically modified (GM) crops in the US has led the Monarch butterfly, once common across the country, close to ending up on the endangered species list.

Birds evolved rapidly after dinosaurs went extinct
Birds evolved rapidly after dinosaurs went extinct

The most ambitious genetic study ever, involving over 200 scientists from across the world and 23 research papers, undertaken on bird evolution has found that almost all modern birds diversified after the dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago.