University of Hyderabad’s inhibitor increases effectiveness of malaria drugs

A small inhibitor identified by researchers from the University of Hyderabad can block an enzyme (Rad51) that plays a crucial role in repairing DNA damage in malaria-causing Plasmodium falciparum. The inhibitor, when used along with anti-malaria drugs such as artemisinin, drastically increases the drug's effectiveness in both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant malaria. A small inhibitor that blocks … Continue reading University of Hyderabad’s inhibitor increases effectiveness of malaria drugs

Pollution reduces day time temperature during Indian summer monsoon

Increased aerosol loading in the atmosphere due to pollution has led to changes in the number, shape and characteristics of the rain-bearing clouds. The increased cloud reflectance has led to 1 degree C drop in day time temperature during Indian summer monsoon. At the same time, night time temperature is increasing thus shrinking the diurnal … Continue reading Pollution reduces day time temperature during Indian summer monsoon

UoH team makes harpin biopesticide more potent by increasing its bioavailability

University of Hyderabad researchers encapsulated harpin biopesticide in chitosan nanoparticles and achieved 80-90% reduction in severity of fungal infection in tomato plants. The chitosan nanoparticles containing harpin pass through the cell wall and end up in the chloroplast of tomato plants thereby improving bioavailability. Tomato plants and R. solani fungal infection were only used as a model system. … Continue reading UoH team makes harpin biopesticide more potent by increasing its bioavailability

Scientists now know why Chennai received unprecedented heavy rainfall in 2015

Both extreme El Nino conditions and the warming trend in the Bay of Bengal contributed equally to the Chennai deluge. The extreme El Nino conditions in 2015 and the warming trend in the Bay of Bengal contributed equally to the unprecedented heavy rainfall witnessed in Chennai for three days from November 30 to December 2, 2015, … Continue reading Scientists now know why Chennai received unprecedented heavy rainfall in 2015