A programme implemented in central Kerala shows how an illness can be controlled if the community is involved.

Whether it"s increasing yields, cutting growth time of plants, increasing their resistance to disease or preserving genetic resources, scientists say tissue culture could be an important answer to farmers" prayers. Small wonder then that industry, with it

The Mukti Sangharsh Movement is teaching farmers in Maharashtra's sugar belt scientific methods of moving from single crop, fertiliser intensive sugarcane cultivation to rotational and more sustainable agricultural patterns.

Tissue culture employs different methods to produce genetically engineered plants.

Institutional support helped rehabilitate the Irulas of Tamil Nadu after their traditional occupation of snake catching was outlawed.

Prominent among those exploiting the domestic and export potential for tissue cultured plants are SPIC and E I D Parry.

Tissue culture can help scientists prevent destruction of genetic diversity.

The Thar of Pakistan is an arid region troubled by long spells of drought, rapidly falling groundwater levels, abysmally low literacy levels and rudimentary medical centres. But the crisis facing the Thar today stems from beyond all this. It can be traced

The Centre for Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas, set up in 1974, was a bold effort at bringing appropriate technology to the people. But the attempt failed to take off because it did not involve the people.

The government's target oriented distribution of ASTRA stoves, specially designed for rural homes, is an example of how efforts to take science to the rural areas can be hampered.