KOCHI: The rediscovery of a Jurassic shrimp, thought to have been extinct 50 million years ago, and a living Caribbean fossil that flourished worldwide some 100 million years, are some of the interesting finds of the recently concluded first census of marine life.

The census revealed the richness of marine biodiversity and it took the estimate of known marine species from about 2.3 lakh to near

Thiruvananthapuram: India has to produce its own hybrid varieties of orchid if it is to make a mark in the international market for ornamental flowers, according to Martin Motes, noted orchid breeder, grower and author.

Addressing orchid farmers in the district at a function here on Tuesday, Dr. Motes said they stood to gain little by growing a few varieties from Thailand and Singapore.


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Students can study flora and fauna, collect samples and use museum library

Lush green premises:Research scholars can now make field trips to the zoo and the botanical garden.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The lush green premises of the museum and zoo in the State capital may soon become a hub of study and research.

Kasaragod: Acclaimed litterateur and environmentalist Sugathakumari, in a passionate appeal, has called for an intensified joint agitation to force the authorities to take tangible action against the use of deadly pesticides like Endosulfan to free younger generation from the scourge of serious health hazards.

Despite having stringent rules and regulations, the successive governments and their

5-day Indian Biodiversity Congress from December 27

Meet to assess biodiversity profile of country

1,500 delegates to take part

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2010), to be held on the University of Kerala's Kariavattom campus here for five days from December 27 will focus on the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity in all development policies for susta

JNNURM low-floor services to 10 mofussil towns

For comfy travel:Minister for Transport Jose Thettayil flagging off air-conditioned, low-floor buses procured under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in the city Tuesday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 10 air-conditioned, low-floor Volvo buses, procured by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, under the Jawaharlal Nehru

Thrissur: Artistes, poets and theatre personalities in the State will get together at Kasaragod on December 1 to express solidarity with the victims of Endosulfan.

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi chairman Mukesh told reporters here on Monday that the artistes would call on the hapless villagers in Kasaragod district, who are living victims of the rampant use of Endosulfan.

KOTTAYAM: As part of the centenary celebrations of Knanaya Catholic Archeparchy, its social development wing, the Kottayam Social Service Society (KSSS), will launch an integrated natural resource conservation scheme on December 3.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Michael Vettikat, secretary, KSSS, said that the project was an attempt to promote proper management of natural resources.