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Profit and ruin along the Western Ghats 

… biodiversity hot spots. The Zoological Survey of India reports that last year alone, 349 new species of flora and fauna were discovered in India; 22% of those were in the Western Ghats. Scientists discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs here. Some males blow out their throats while perched on a rock, and wave their legs alluringly in the air. Just the thought of it drives me mad with desire, so I can imagine what it does to the female frogs. That’s good! But: This area is also one of the …

Jurassic bark : Nature Plants

… lung defect, but a precedent has been set. Other research projects are attempting to recreate animals such as the quagga (a subspecies of zebra) and the auroch cattle of Pleistocene Europe by selective breeding from modern relatives. Genome editing has been proposed for re-engineering woolly mammoths or reintroducing dinosaurian characteristics into modern birds. In all this there is no talk of recreating the flora of ancient times. Is this simply an example of anti-plant discrimination or is …

Herbarium’s team looks out for new and disappearing species

… understand South-east Asia’s flora. Dr David Middleton, 51, the herbarium’s keeper, said of its roots: “When it was founded, it was the main herbarium for Malaya.” He added: “Even after Singa- pore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965, all of the collections remained here in Singapore.” To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: Herbarium’s team looks out for new and disappearing species , Singapore News & Top …

When nature’s feathers are ruffled – Opinion More Opinion Stories ST Editorial – The Straits Times

… their day. But the pink guards have changed the characters and roles, and soon the shopping centre becomes unrecognisable. It no longer provides the services it was meant to provide, and may eventually crumble in a state of disrepair. Some shoppers flee to other shopping centres, but each centre can hold only so many shoppers and some are left outside with nowhere to go. In this scene, the shopping centre is our ecosystem and the characters our native species. Singapore’s native flora and …