- Poster2014Co-existing with Carnivoressupported by Eco-questDownload
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Wild Prey, Carnivores, Deer, Livestock, Goats, Cows, Poisoned, Stoned, Beaten, Stressful
- Art & Literary2014The wild heart of IndiaFountain Ink, March 2014, 3(5): 103-110.
Available here: http://fountainink.in/?p=5045&all=1
- Popular Article2014Land of the golden mountainsENVIRONDownload
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Talks about rediscovering a valley after nearly eight decades and its wildlife and people.
- Journal Article2014Bats in Indian coffee plantations: doing more good than harm?Current Science 107: 1958-1960.Download
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Many bat species occur in Indian coffee plantations and despite sporadic reports of damage to commercial coffee crops, the literature shows little evidence for these claims. Measures that have been proposed to ‘control’ fruit bats are likely to be ineffective and even counter-productive. Instead, insect-eating bats should be encouraged by planters as they help control herbivorous and disease-carrying insects, while fruit bats pollinate flowers and disperse seeds of many useful plants and shade tree species. More research is needed to quantify any crop damage caused by bats and to look for sustainable solutions where necessary.
PDF also available here: http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/107/12/1958.pdf
- Popular Article2014Fancy sea fanThe Hindu in School, 24 December
- Poster2014Decomposition and Nutrient CyclingDownload
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Beetles, Termites, Earthworms, Bacteria, Fungi, Tamil
- Poster2014Prey-Predator DynamicsDownload
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Flycatchers, Bats, Insects, Leopard Cat, Mouse Deer, King Cobra, Owl, Flying Squirrel, Trophic Cascade
- Popular Article2014Call of the birdsThe Hindu in School, 31 Dec
- Popular Article2014A Hydra-headed plantThe Hindu in School, 26 November
- Popular Article2014Island worlds in the vastness of the UniverseThe Hindu in School, 6 OctoberDownload
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- Poster2014The life-history of a grouper along a Lakshadweep time-line
- Art & Literary2014Coming home to BorneoFountain Ink, June 2014, 3(8): 91-102.
- Popular Article2014Ants in my plants!The Hindu in School, 24 June
- Popular Article2014Damn that riverDown to Earth blog http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/damn-river
- Poster2014Co-existing with Elephantssupported by Eco-QuestDownload
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Elephants, Villages, Highways, Fences, Unnatural, Cropfields, Plantations, Crop Raiding, Electrocuting, Poisoning
- Journal Article2014Multi-scale factors influencing human attitudes towards snow leopards and wolves.Conservation Biology DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12320
- Poster2014Small Carnivores of Namdaphasupported by Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund Wildlife Conservation Society The Ford FoundationDownload
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Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Binturong, Spotted Lisang, Yellow-throated Marten, The Hog Badger, Crab-eating Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Stripe-backed Weasel, Ferret Badgers, Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Otter
- Journal Article2014Genetic diversity and population structure of Lantana camara in India indicates multiple introductions and gene flow.Plant Biology. 16(3): 651-658.Download
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Lantana camara is a highly invasive plant, which has spread over 60 countries and island groups of Asia, Africa and Australia. In India, it was introduced in the early nineteenth century, since when it has expanded and gradually established itself in almost every available ecosystem. We investigated the genetic diversity and population structure of this plant in India in order to understand its introduction, subsequent range expansion and gene flow. A total of 179 individuals were sequenced at three chloroplast loci and 218 individuals were genotyped for six nuclear microsatellites. Both chloroplasts (nine haplotypes) and microsatellites (83 alleles) showed high genetic diversity. Besides, each type of marker confirmed the presence of private polymorphism. We uncovered low to medium population structure in both markers, and found a faint signal of isolation by distance with microsatellites. Bayesian clustering analyses revealed multiple divergent genetic clusters. Taken together, these findings (i.e. high genetic diversity with private alleles and multiple genetic clusters) suggest that Lantana was introduced multiple times and gradually underwent spatial expansion with recurrent gene flow.
- Popular Article2014The khirava's caveThe Hindu in School, 30 July
- Journal Article2014Occurrence of Small-toothed Palm Civet Arctogalidia trivirgata in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, North-east IndiaSmall Carnivore Conservation 50: 47-49.Download
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Single Small-toothed Palm Civets Arctogalidia trivirgata were seen and photographed on two consecutive nights in March 2014 in Dampa Tiger Reserve, Mizoram, India. They visited a fruiting tree used also by Masked Palm Civet Paguma larvata and Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus. The present note describes the observation, adding to the few recent records of A. trivirgata from North-east India. The sighting was close to the location of a 1995 sighting of Stripe-backed Weasel Mustela strigidorsa, another species rarely recorded in the region. We suggest further targeted spotlighting and camera-trap surveys for better documentation of the occurrence and distribution of small carnivores in Dampa.