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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER   6                                        JUNE 2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Saving the Saviours

Malvika Dekhane

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Forests for People; People for Forests

Biba Jasmine Kaur

 

 

19

Resurrecting Ringal Bamboo Craft

Yogesh Gairola

 

24

Urban Forests—Fighting for Survival

Monika Koul

 

29

Aftermath of a Super Cyclone

Subrat Mukherjee

 

 

34

Synthia: The First Man Made Cell

Subha Sankar Ghosh

 

42

Anaimudi: A Paradise for Plant Diversity

R. Ramasubbu

45

Cauliflory & Cannonball Tree

Santosh Kumar Sharma

53

SHORT FEATURES

Dwindling Shisham

Arvind Singh 

 

Conserving Screw Pines

Biju Dharmapalan, Abhilash Babu & Arun K. Das

 

 

23

 

 

56

DEPARTMENTS

 

Reactions

6

Editorial

7

Spectrum             

16

Point-counterpoint

 

26

 

Humour

39

 

Test Your Knowledge

40

Puzzle Corner

50

 

Fun Quiz

58

Familiar Fossils

60

Crossword                          

62

 

  

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 8-15

Saving the Saviours

Malvika Dekhane

The year 2011 has been declared as the International Year of Forests. The world over, programmes and action plans have been launched to protect forests and increase the forest cover. Each one of us can do our bit by being frugal consumers and vigilant protectors and quit being mere spectators.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 19-21

Forests for People; People for Forests

Biba Jasmine Kaur

Women can play a vital role in conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. However, there is a need for the full participation of women at all levels of policy making and implementation for biological diversity conservation.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 24-25

Resurrecting Ringal Bamboo Craft

Yogesh Gairola

 

The traditional Ringal bamboo craft is in desperate need of reinventing itself to adapt to the current scenario along with modern scientific interventions and traditional wisdom.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 29-33

Urban Forests—Fighting for Survival

Monika Koul

Cities are bursting at their seams. Not only are facilities like electricity and water coming under severe strain due to migration from rural to urban areas, forests in cities are also increasingly threatened with destruction.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 34-37

Aftermath of a Super Cyclone

Subrat Mukherjee

On 25 June 2009, the super cyclone AILA lashed the Sundarban delta. The AILA experience was a major learning experience for the Forest Department officials in managing natural disasters.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 42-44

Synthia: The First Man Made Cell

Subha Sankar Ghosh

 

Scientists have announced the creation of the first man-made cell with almost limitless possible applications. But then, it could also be a double-edged sword.

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 45-48

Anaimudi: A Paradise for Plant Diversity

R. Ramasubbu

THE Anaimudi peak is situated in the Southern Western Ghats (Sahyadri) towering 2695 metres above sea level (masl) is the highest peak in south India among the many smaller hills that constitute the high ranges of the Western Ghats.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, June 2011, pp 53-55

Cauliflory & Cannonball Tree

Santosh Kumar Sharma

MOST plant species bear flowers and fruits towards the outer side on their branches in the canopy. But nature encourages diversity! There are some species in which flowers and subsequent fruits abruptly grow from the main wooded trunk or major branches rather than twigs and smaller branches and the finer branches usually remain vegetative.