Imagine a flower full of water instead nectar! Judith Bronstein says, in Arizona they will be of high demand for bees as bees swim in pools to regulate their body temperature. But, in tropical Kerala in south India, the bees avoid such flowers and the flowers do not set fruits. See our new publication in Scientia Horticulturae
Flower visitors are not always the pollinators. Many steal the resources. But, the visitors are always benefited. How the cheaters affect the rest of the good visitor community and the plant reproduction outcome is less researched. Sangeetha got enough evidences that the plant has evolved mechanisms to overcome the effect of cheaters! See her article here
Roshnath received Dr. C Chandrasekharan Memorial Award 2018 by Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi for his outstanding contribution in the field of wildlife conservation and management in Kerala. The award includes a gold medal, a purse of Rs. 40,0000/ and a citation.
Roshnath contributed his research career for conservation of birds, herons and and heronries in particular! He initiated several outreach programs with the district and state administrators to give an awareness on the ecological roles of herons and the necessity to create a habitat for them!
Participants – the research scholars of CU Kerala – and resource persons, K.P. Madhu, Gita Madhu, and Karthik Ramaswamy, posing to a group photo of the workshop that Sinu and his colleagues in the Department of Animal Science has organised during 25-30 March 2019.
We have had Dr. Sajjad Mir, a teacher winter research fellow of Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore recently in our lab! He completed his short research on ant-bee arms-race in agricultural crops with Anjana Unni in the lab. Dr. Sajjad is an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural University of Kashmir. He was with us for two months in winter.
Roshnath’s paper on “Whether predation drives heronry birds to nest in urban landscape?” has been now accepted and published online in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity! Roshnath is committed for the betterment of his species, Heronry birds, in the urban landscape. He is also involved in various outreach activities with the district and state administrations for the conservation of heronry birds!
Five members of the lab – Sangeetha Varma, Manoj, K., Anjana Unni, Thomas Jose and Sinu – attended the 2nd Asian Bee meeting held at NCBS-Bangalore during 1-2 March 2019! While Sinu gave an invited talk on Herbivorous bees, the scholars gave student talks on their research on bees and pollinators in the meeting!
The meeting was attended by the faculty, experts, and students of various pollination and bee labs across India and Asia.