Scientists from the British Natural Resources Institute and the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute working at Kenya's Rift valley suggest that volcanic carbon dioxide, instead of

TRADITIONAL crop enemies should make themselves scarce. Out to get them are genetically engineered bugs from the laboratory of Marjorie A Hoy, a University of Florida entomologist. Hoy recently

FENCING OUT FELINES: Stray cats in Japan are in for a rude shock when they walk into private gardens unsuspectingly. Japanese biochemists have come up with environment friendly chemicals

S Jayaraj of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research's division at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Madras, has developed an eco-friendly, cost-effective and energy-saving

Methyl bromide, which is used to fight plant diseases, is known to destroy the ozone layer. Now, Kamlesh Miglani of the directorate of plant protection's plant quarantine and fumigation section, has

Cotton farmers in northwest India were taken by surprise when, despite a pesticide blitzkrieg, the American bollworm devastated half their crops. Now, the farmers can"t pay up the loans they took to purchase pesticides and are turning to other crops. A to

Instead of killing the bollworm, pesticides only push cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh deep into debt. For some cultivators, suicide was the only way out

The bollworm has come to stay and eradicating it will be difficult, if not impossible. Scientists are trying to contain the pest by bombarding it with everything they've got

UNTIL the 18th century, India was supreme in the production of cotton goods. However, after the Industrial Revolution, the British initiated a policy to replace the indigenous or desi, short stapled cotton with the American, long stapled American species

The American serpentine leaf miner that infiltrated into India about two years ago is destroying agricultural crops