SCIENCE REPORTER


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ISSN: 0036-8512

 

VOLUME 43

NUMBER 1

JANUARY  2006

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

ORIGIN OF AGRICULTURE

HARCHAND R. DAGLA & N. S. SHEKHAWAT

 

9

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

BIODIESEL REVOLUTION

ARVIND BIJALWAN

 

23

BENEVOLENT MICROBES

G. S. UNNIKRISHNAN NAIR

 

29

ECO-FRIENDLY FARMING

R.B.L. GARG

 

39

FRIENDLY EARTHWORMS 

SHARIQUE A. ALI, IRAM KHAN & AYESHA S. ALI

 

 

 

TRANSGENIC COTTON 

S. L. AHUJA

 

 

FICTION

 

A MATTER OF TIME

ANAND NARAYANAN

…44

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE 

…4

IN FOCUS           

…5

SPECTRUM       

…16

HEALTH: Almonds—The King of Nuts

…32

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

…38

JUNIOR SCIENTIST

 

KNOW YOUR BODY: Brain                               

…43

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Water Crisis in the Country is Man Made?                        

…48

FUN QUIZ: Birds Quiz

…50

CROSSWORD   

…52

FASCINATING ANIMALS: Octopus                               

…53

DID YOU KNOW?: Chains & Webs of Life

…54

PUZZLE CORNER

…60

HUMOUR          

…62

 

 


Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 9-13

 

ORIGIN OF AGRICULTURE

HARCHAND R. DAGLA & N. S. SHEKHAWAT

The origin of agriculture was a great change for humanity and brought about a dramatic increase in population

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 14-15

 

BIODIESEL REVOLUTION

ARVIND BIJALWAN

Biodiesel is not only significantly important for the economy but also for a pollution-free environment

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 20-23

 

BENEVOLENT MICROBES

G. S. UNNIKRISHNAN NAIR

Beneficial microbes can greatly improve the quality of soil and thus increase plant yield

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 24-27

                               

ECO-FRIENDLY FARMING

R.B.L. GARG

Organic farming offers enormous opportunities as an eco-friendly option for agricultural production in the country

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 28-30

FRIENDLY EARTHWORMS

SHARIQUE A. ALI, IRAM KHAN & AYESHA S. ALI

Earthworms are extremely important soil organisms

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 43, January 2006, pp 39-42

 

TRANSGENIC COTTON

S. L. AHUJA

Agro-ecological issues must be taken into account before introducing GM crops