Water retention in soil can be understood as the water retained by the soil after it runs through the soil pores to join water bodies such as groundwater or surface streams. Pores in the soil can be defined as the air-spaces that exist in between soil particles. Water retention is mainly dependant on the particle size of the soil. The finer the soil particles, the higher the chance that water molecules shall hold on to soil particles, such as in clay, as opposed to sandy soil, that has large and coarse...
Genetically modified crops have been under scrutiny for being unhealthy, destroying the traditional cropping practices and yet they seem to be providing answers to burgeoning food requirements. A careful system of scientific monitoring has to be in place prior to the induction of such endeavours in India.
Crop improvement programmes through induced mutations were initiated nine decades ago. Nearly 3250 mutant varieties belonging to about 175 plant species have been developed and released. India has made a significant contribution in crop improvement through mutation breeding.
Water scarcity in India cannot be tackled without establishing binding water withdrawal limits through a system of enforceable water rights at various scales.
Sugarcane is an industrial crop that is extensively used in a variety of industries. This crop with its variety of uses can generate great economic prospects.
Rice is a staple crop of India, and its importance in the country cannot be negated. The rice crop is water intensive and is becoming increasingly dependent on groundwater.
Wheat Crop has lot of importance from Indian point of view. With India being a leading consumer and producer of the Wheat, it is important to know about it
There has been a debate around GM crops for over a decade. While some want their use, there are differential views asking for clarity on issues of safety.
Embracing the bull has been a topic of fiery debate in Tamil Nadu for quite some time now. “ Jallikattu ” or “Eru Thazhuvuthal” (literally, embrace the bull) is a traditional bull taming sport and is part of Pongal celebrations dating back to the Tamil Classic Period (400-100B.C.). But, today, has the sport become a rallying cry for Tamil identity or is it a culmination of recent events in Chennai? What about Jallikattu threatened the Tamil’s identity? Are they playing out the abandoned...
Our food basket is increasingly being confined to a few select crops and cereals. Yet, our nation is endowed with a huge variety - a rich biodiversity, which provides of a complex stock of animals, plant and micro-organisms at genetic, species and eco-system levels. India needs to look beyond performance and diversify with biodiversity as the as a key functionary of the agro-ecosystem. Policies are thus urgently needed to promote a robust and sustainable agro-process through the biodiversity route.