Dr Aditi Jain

Tree cover against pollution
A study reveals deciduous trees with compound leaves more tolerant to air pollution. arathi posted 3 years 6 months ago

Degrading air quality in metro cities is a matter of concern for public health. Massive tree plantation drives are often conducted in order to provide oxygen to choking cities. But trees, much like humans, also are severely affected by pollutants in the air.

Various trees respond differently to air pollution. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Detecting lead in water with nanoparticles
Super tiny particles derived from table sugar can detect lead in water which is harmful for human consumption. arathi posted 3 years 7 months ago

Nanotechnology deals with particles that are several thousand times smaller than the human hair, and it is being put to use in a variety of applications such as drug delivery and diagnostic tests. 

Nanoparticles from table sugar can be used as sensors to find lead in water. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
New technique to monitor coastal landforms
Better surveillance systems will help to keep a check on the excessive exploitation of coastal resources. arathi posted 3 years 7 months ago

Indian scientists have developed a remote sensing technique that uses satellite data to delineate between various coastal landforms like beaches, mangroves and marshes. This method can help monitor and understand impacts of natural disasters as well as human activities on coastal ecosystem.

The new system will help monitor and understand impacts of natural disasters as well as human activities on coastal ecosystem. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Weeds to increase with climate change
A new study finds out that climate change could exacerbate weed problem as weeds can better adapt to it than crop plants. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

Weeds are a persistent problem for farmers. A recent assessment by the Directorate of Weed Research shows that India loses crops worth $ 11 billion every year to these farm intruders. 

Weeds are sturdier than crop plants and could survive climate change. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Pest gene to kill pesticides
Researchers isolate a pest gene that can help fight pesticide contamination in environment. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

Persistent use of chemical pesticides to increase crop productivity has led to their accumulation in soil, water and even food. Now a group of researchers from Pune have isolated an enzyme from a pest and found that it can be used to clean up pesticide residues from food and environment.

A new gene from pests can destroy the pesticide residues in food and environment. (Source: IWP Flickr photos; photo for representation only)
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