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  • Biotechnological Improvements in Wheat - Key Challenges and Hopes    By: Syed Amir Manzoor

    Role of Biotechnology in wheat crop - The article focuses on the need, challenges and key advancements regarding the the biotechnological improvements in Wheat crop. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Coir Pith as Organic Soil Less Growing Medium    By: soumya T.V

    coir pith can be useful in soil less cultivation especially in areas facing different growing constraints such as water shortages, poor soil drainage and low fertility, soil salinity, pest and other ecological problems. In such areas coir pith plays the role of soil... By Soumya.T.V and Anil.K.R >> Category: Agriculture
  • Microbial Inoculants: an Approach to Sustainable Agriculture    By: Sunita Gaind

    Microbial inoculants are the formulations of beneficial living microorganisms that when added to soil, directly or indirectly, improve the nutrient availability to the host plant and promote plant growth. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Biofilms: Their Role in Agriculture    By: Sunita Gaind

    Biofilms are nature's gift to man kind that can be exploited for their diverse application in the area of food, agriculture, medical, biotechnology and environmental settings. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Inducing Polyploidy For Creation of Better Species    By: Sandhya Anand

    The role of polyploidy in plant breeding and deciphering evolutionary history is undoubtedly established. The article gives a brief on various processed used in commercial induction of polyploidy for plant breeding. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Tests, Isolation and Chromatography of Glycosides - Part 3    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Information about chromatography of Glycosides, isolation by Stass Otto method and Doskotch method. The genins and glycosides are separated by column chromatography to get individual glycosides. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Glycosides Classification and Isolation Tests - Part 2    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    It is a semi quantitative method to find out the presence of sugars that is polysaccharides. We have to hydrolyze the drug and then chemical tests are carried out. The procedure for the isolation of glycosides also varies. The general method is Stass Otto method. >> Category: Agriculture
  • An Introduction to Glycosides - Part 1    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    These are organic compounds from plants and animal origin which an enzymatic or acidic hydrolysis fives one or more sugar moiety (glycone) along with non sugar moieties (aglycone). >> Category: Agriculture
  • WHO Guidelines For Herbal Drugs : Part 3    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Evaluation with reference to leaf contents, physiochemical and biological contents. >> Category: Agriculture
  • WHO Guidelines For Herbal Drugs : Part 2    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    The products of traditional system can not be manufactured without a license from state drug control authorities and they should contains ingredients which are mentioned in the recognized books as specified in the D&C act. Legal status and the the goal of WHO with botanical evaluation has been discussed in this section >> Category: Agriculture
  • WHO Guidelines For Herbal Drugs : Part 1    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Introduction to World Health Organization's guideline for herbal drugs and programmes of WHO. The United Nation convention states that the standardization is a critical importance for meeting the food, health and other needs of the growing world population. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Extraction Techniques for Herbal Drugs - Part 4    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    In 1985 Stahl demonstrated the wide applicability of Thin-layer chromatography. In outline the method consists of preparing, on a suitable glass plate, a thin layer of material, the solvent which may be either an adsorbent as used in column adsorption chromatography. Gas Liquid Chromatography was introduced by James and Martin in 1952, based on the suggestion of Martin and Synge Gas Chromatography separates volatile substances by percolation a gas stream over a stationary phase. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Extraction Techniques for Herbal Drugs - Part 3    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Saponins do not produce trouble some foams and unwanted oxidation changes are avoided, little preliminary purification of the plant extract is required. And the apparatus is simple to operate and clean. Partition chromatography was introduced by Martin and Synge in 1941 for the separation of acetylated amino acids and was first applied to the separation of alkaloids by Evans and Partridge in 1948. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Extraction Techniques for Herbal Drugs - Part 2    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    The commonly employed technique for removal of active substance from crude drug is called extraction. The choice of the plant material for extraction depends on its nature and the components required to be isolated. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Extraction Techniques for Herbal Drugs - Part 1    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Extraction can be defined as the removal of soluble materials from an insoluble residue, either liquid or solid, by treatment with a liquid solvent. The choice of extraction procedure depends on the nature of the plant material and the components to be isolated. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Davana Oil: Product Characteristics, Specifications and Applications - Part 1    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Physical and chemical description with uses. Davana Oil is one of the important essential oils. Essential oils obtained from higher plants are important raw materials used for manufacture of perfumes, flavours and cosmetics. Even with considerable development in production of synthetic perfumery and flavouring chemicals, essential oils continue to be the important raw materials for these industries throughout the world. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Davana Oil: Manufacturing Process, Import and Export Trends - Part 2    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Davana is mostly cultivated in the red soil regions in South India. It comes up very well in rich loamy soils. Davana is an annual herb, family compositor, requiring about four months to reach maturity, at which it attains a height of about around one and half feet. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Basil : Cultivation and Collection    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Cultivation, collection and uses of the Basil drug. Tulsi or Basil is indigenous to the lower hills of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and is cultivated throughout India. It is also cultivated in Southern France, Egypt, Belgium, Hungary, and other Mediterranean countries and also in USA. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Rauwolfia: Cultivation and Collection    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Cultivation and collection with chemical constituents uses of rauwolfia plant. Rauwolfia is mostly used as antihypertensive. Reserpine lowes the blood pressure level by depleting stores of catecholamines at nerve endings. Because of tranquillising effect , the drug is also use in mild anxiety conditions. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Senna: Cultivation and Collection    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Senna (Cassia angustifolia Vahl) is a small shrub, a native of Yemen and South Arabia. The leaves and pods contain sennosides used for their laxative properties.it was introduced in to Tamil Nadu in the eighteenth century where it grawn as an annual crop of 5 to 7 months duration in 8000 to 10,000 Ha both under rainfed and irrigated condition. Successful cultivation also has been demonstrated in Karnataka (Bangalore ) , Gujrat(Anand) , and Delhi >> Category: Agriculture
  • Plant Enzymes - Preparation And Uses Of Papain And Bromelain    By: BRIJESH KUMAR SHARMA

    Papain is a mixture of enzyme, particularly proteolytic enzymes. It is also known as Vegetable Pepsin because it contains similar proteolytic enzymes of pepsin. Bromelain is a protein digesting and milk clotting enzyme. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Control of Black Sigatoka to Protect Banana Plantations    By: Alyssa Almazan

    The black Sigatoka disease has been devastating fields of bananas for more than a decade. It is caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis fungus. How the black Sigatoka fungus is restrained in infected areas. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Edible Mushrooms - Nutrition Value, Advantages and Production    By: Aritri Ghosh

    Mushrooms are considered in many part of the world as a delicious food ingredient. The production, and other information regarding mushrooms are included in this article. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Bananas and the Dreaded Mycosphaerella Fijiensis - Black Sigatoka Disease    By: Alyssa Almazan

    Words on the economically important banana and its archenemy, the Black Sigatoka. The disease itself is caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis, a fungus known to attack the banana and no other crop. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Somaclonal Variations - A Detailed Study    By: Aritri Ghosh

    Somaclonal variations are modern method of selecting and crossing plants to produce plantlets with desired traits. Advantages and disadvantages of Somaclonal Variations >> Category: Agriculture
  • Self Incompatibility in Flowering Plants    By: Aritri Ghosh

    Self infertility or SI is a genetically controlled cell-cell recognition system that acts as a barrier to self fertilization in a wide range of flowering plants or angiosperms. It is defined as the inability of the plant producing functional gametes to set seed upon self pollination. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Modern Methods For Selection of Plants With Better Characterisitcs    By: Aritri Ghosh

    Selection is a main procedure for choosing the plants with good traits and croos breeding them to produce new line of plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Modern Plant Breeding Methods in Agriculture    By: Aritri Ghosh

    In modern agricultural fields several new methods are used for selecting and breeding plants with good traits for creating new plant line with high yeild and resistance to pests and disease. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Technique For Inoculation and Incubation in Vitro of Plant Tissue Culture    By: Alyssa Almazan

    A look into a standard method of cultivating viable plants in Third World laboratories. The process of plant tissue culture varies depending on the goal and circumstance of the researcher. Modern technologies often forego selection and use of embryos for such advanced methods that include utilization of plant tumor cells from any tissue type induced by Agrobacterium tumefaciens. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Marker-Assisted Selection in Crop Breeding    By: Kanya Sasi

    Marker assisted selection of plants hepls to reducethe time taken for plant breeding experiments. Agricultural Biotechnology primarily focuses on developing better varieties of crop. This involves selection of plants with the desired characteristics. Earlier Conventional plant breeding was based on phenotypic selection of the plants >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Phosphorous in Plant Nutrition    By: PIYUSH JOSHI

    Article focus on importance of Phosphorous in Plant Nutrition and its related Phosphate Solubilizing Bacteria (PSB) >> Category: Agriculture
  • Probiotics in Sustainable Aquaculture    By: Shekhar C Bisht

    Probiotics are microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal balance. Probiotics improve host digestive processes by producing extra cellular enzymes such as amylase, protease, cellulase and lipases as well as necessary growth factors. Therefore, formulation of cost-effective probiotic along with fish diets improve the aquaculture productivity. >> Category: Agriculture
  • How to Apply Biofertilizers?    By: Sonali Bhawsar

    Biofertilizers are ecofriendly, renewable and economical. They make available the plants required nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous or calcium in utilizable form. They promote plant growth and increase the yield. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Rhizobacteria - Bacteria Living in Vicinity of Plant Roots    By: Sonali Bhawsar

    Rhizobacteria are classic group of bacteria occurring only in plant rhizosphere. They are root associated bacteria with potential for growth promotion and biocontrol. >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Plant Hormone Ethylene and its Physiological Effects    By: Shikha Sharma

    Apart from the nutritional and genetic factors, growth and differentiation of plants depend on some more important hormonal factors, which regulate the distribution and fate of nutrients in different organs (or plants) and the final form of plant body. A group of plant hormones including auxins, gibberellins, ethylene, abscisic acid are presently known to regulate growth. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Garlic : The Bulb of Wonder    By: Zandro Cabaral

    Garlic is a wonder spice. An article about garlic, allium sativum its components and its pharmacologic effects and contraindications. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Stevia Rebaudiana as a Fertilizer    By: Kavitha Karthikeyan

    Stevia is used not only as a sweetener and also a effective fertilizers. When using stevia as a fertilizer accelerate the growth of the plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Prospects of Organic Farming Over Natural and Conventional Farming    By: Shruti agrawal

    Natural farming is a natural mode of farming to know the true spirit and form of nature. It does not involve the use of components of modern farming and indicates 'Do nothing approach'. The essential principles involve no cultivation, chemical fertilizers, weeding and plant protection. But, organic farming though close to natural farming, involves limited, but, essential elements of modern farming >> Category: Agriculture
  • Production of Protein Rich Feed For Ruminants    By: Amna Adnan

    Ruminants are animals which store their food in the rumen by softening it and then chew it. Scientists have succeeded in making protein rich feed for them which will increase the production of milk. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Fundamentals of Animal Breeding    By: Amna Adnan

    What is Animal breeding? It is a method of producing animals having specific traits. Information on how Animal breeding is done and various techniques. >> Category: Agriculture
  • What is Bioremediation - Various Factors Involved in the Process    By: Amna Adnan

    Bioremediation is the process in which microbes are used to clean the environment. Different factors which affect Bioremediation and its degradation process >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Use of Plants to Make Vaccines : Part-2    By: Padma Kumar

    A discussion about issues involved in making plant vaccines. In this article we will focus on vaccines engineered in potato, tobacco, banana and tomato plants; and the scope for making antibodies in plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Use of Plants to Make Vaccines : Part-1    By: Padma Kumar

    Why plants are suitable for making vaccines? This article will also compare and contrast conventional vaccines with plant-based vaccines. Subsequent articles will discuss other aspects of making vaccines in plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Use of Plants to Make Vaccines: Part-3    By: Padma Kumar

    In article we will focus on research efforts in plant engineered vaccines; problems encountered in making plant-based vaccines; and the steps involved in making vaccines in plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • How Are Transgenic Plants Made?    By: Padma Kumar

    In this article our aim is to elucidate how transgenic plants are actually evolved and describe the three part process that includes: 1) Making of recombinant DNA; 2) Transformation of the gene of interest into the plant 3) and how Reproduction and Regeneration of Transgenic Plant Cells happens. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Importance of BT in Agriculture | Bacillus thuringiensis    By: Amna Adnan

    Bacillus Thuringiensis is of so much importance in biotechnology as it has the ability to kill harmful insects of the plants. It basically attacks the insect at larval stage where it attacks the gut lining of the insect and insect dies as a result. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Various Aspects of Biotechnology in Medicinal Plants    By: Padma Kumar

    Information on plant DNA extraction and amplification methods. How biotechnology helps to increase the yield of medicinal plants and solve some of the constraints in their cultivation. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Nitrogen Biofertilizers and New Microbial Strains    By: Kavitha Karthikeyan

    The use of new microbial strains as a nitrogen bio-fertilizer in the field is completely safe and does not harm the environment as like chemical fertilizer. Thus the new strains shows the increased levels of seed production and nutrient content of the crops compare to naturally occurring microbes. >> Category: Agriculture
  • The Role of Agrobacterium in Plant Biotechnology    By: Padma Kumar

    This article describes what makes gene exchange possible between unrelated species using Agrobacterium. GM plants have genes of other species artificially introduced in them; the general idea being to put in a new trait for a particular benefit. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Biotech Bananas - Protecting the Banana Plant from Diseases    By: Padma Kumar

    How biotechnology helps to counter several diseases that afflict the banana plant. Protection against Sigatoka, Nematodes, Stem weevil and Panama disease for your Banana crops. >> Category: Agriculture


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