IIT Madras: Now, silver ‘grows’ in paddy fields

A rice variety originally from West Bengal is able to accumulate high concentration of the metal in its grain. It is a rice variety with a silver touch, literally. Garib-sal one of 505 types of rice plants tested by scientists, is capable of absorbing silver found naturally in soil and accumulating it in the grain … Continue reading IIT Madras: Now, silver ‘grows’ in paddy fields

Farmer suicides in India may be linked to climate change

The increase in temperature during the cropping season reduces crop yields, thus resulting in increased suicides. Climate change has led to over 59,000 farmer suicides over the last 30 years in India. Even a 1 degree C increase in temperature above 20 degrees C in a single day during the crop growing season in India … Continue reading Farmer suicides in India may be linked to climate change

White rice intake increases risk of Type II diabetes

Published in The Hindu on March 16, 2012   A “positive association” between white rice intake and increased risk of diabetes was found only in the case of the two Asian countries, where rice is a staple food Each serving of polished rice a day increases the risk of Type II diabetes by 11 per … Continue reading White rice intake increases risk of Type II diabetes