Commercial and non-commercial plants face a variety of environmental stressors that often cannot be controlled. In this study, transgenic hybrid poplar (Populus × euramericana ‘Guariento’) harboring five effector genes (vgb, SacB, JERF36, BtCry3A and OC-I) were subjected to drought, salinity, waterlogging and insect stressors in greenhouse or laboratory conditions. Field trials were also conducted to investigate long-term effects of transgenic trees on insects and salt tolerance in the transformants.

Decreasing flow of water through the rivers from upstream is destroying the ecosystem of Sundarban.

Your favourite jowar ki roti may soon carry genes from bacteria that live in the digestive tract. City scientists have successfully developed jowar (sorghum) varieties that are tolerant to drought and salinity. The sorghum varieties get these special properties thanks to a gene called mtlD, derived from Escherichia coli.

Accepting the “realities” of the challenges of climate change in the Sunderbans, forest department has for the first time initiated a scientific study on Thursday for in-situ monitoring of hydrolog

Hard rot disease, a fungal infection of plants characterised by lesions with hard surfaces and rotten tissue, is affecting an increasing number of pasur (Xyicarpus mekongensis pirre) trees in diffe

Last year’s flood brought miseries and devastation for the people belonging to seven coastal talukas of Thatta district but it brought about some positive environmental changes nevertheless.

Community initiative tackles perennial problem of groundwater salinity

The country

About 10.56 lakh out of 16.89 lakh hectares of coastal land in the country are affected by salinity of various degrees, according to a survey of the Soil Resources Development Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The findings of the survey in 2010 on saline soil of Bangladesh said that more than 62 per cent out of the total cultivated land in the coastal areas had already been affected by

There is no imminent threat of sea water intrusion into the Kelani river as a result of the prevailing dry weather, National Water Supply and Drainage Board chairman Karunasena Hettiarachchi told the Daily News yesterday.

He requested the public not to be deceived by false rumours that sea water has mixed with the water being distributed in Colombo.

He noted that certain reports in the media