India and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in the forestry sector. Following a visit of an Indian delegation to China in April, which focused on Afforestation and Plantation Technology, Remote Sensing and Research & Training, a broad programme of collaboration was identified.

Prosopis juliflora, a native of South to Central America, was introduced in India (Rajasthan) to combat desertification of Thar during early 20th century. Presently, this species is a most vigorously spreading plant species in the arid zone covering neutral alkaline and saline soil and has invaded most part of the state.

"I AM a strong supporter of science. But just because somebody says Bt brinjal is good, we need not run after it. Let our own scientists, farmers and political leaders decide what is good for our country," said Union Minis- ter of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh, here on Thursday.

CHENNAI: A new National Bureau of Forest Genetics is to be established in Dehra Dun under the Indian Council for Forest Research and Education to help protect India

The aim of this forest policy is environmental stability and ecological security through increasing vegetal cover which will lead to reduction in soil erosion and consequently dust particle in upper stratosphere. The reduction in stratospheric temperature is likely to increase the possibility of rains.

Mumbai The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is planning to set up its first tissue culture laboratory to grow plants scientifically. According to the BMC

The first public lecture of the 5th International Canopy Conference, 2009 dwelt on the canopy forest and life on tree tops, here on Tuesday.

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that a national institute of mangrove research (NIMR) should be established in the State considering the largest diversity of mangrove forests in Orissa.

In sections of southern China, villagers and local governments conspire to transform vibrant forests into plantations for money-spinners such as eucalyptus, rubber, and oil palm. Yet forests cover only about 18% of China's landmass, and timber yield and quality are lower than in many other places.

Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in Garo Hills district of Meghalaya has been added to Unesco