As the pandemic unfolded (and continues) in India, some of us from the lab joined the ISRC, a motley group of scientists across India who banded together to address various issues relevant to COVID-19. The group has created a large repository of accurate scientific information about the pandemic; busted hoaxes; organized a number of formal and informal discussions; and produced population science articles to inform lay people. Importantly, all these resources are available in multiple regional languages. To find more, do visit the ISRC website, YouTube channel, or Facebook.
Listen to Pratibha discuss chemical ecology and her work on the Methylobacterium species associated with traditionally cultivated rice varieties here! The talk (in Manipuri) was aimed at the farmers in Manipur. Pratibha is currently testing whether Methylobacterium spp. isolated from rice are beneficial to the host plant, and hopes that this project is ultimately useful for agriculture and to preserve the traditional rice landraces in the North-east.
The lab set up a booth at the campus science day last week. About a 1000 young students visited the campus and it was amazing to see the energy. Here are some pictures from our team, who did a great job!
Rajya Sabha TV’s science special shows, ‘Science Monitor’ & ‘Gyan Vigyan’ will feature our work on the evolution of immune memory in flour beetles. Tune in!
Update: Watch the video here (our feature starts at 13:10 minutes into the program).