Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu)

Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu)

Department of Zoology & Centre for Pollination Studies, Calcutta University

The Many Faces Of Conservation

Published in Wildlife

By Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu) (Post Doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University, USA)

 It is always a good feeling when we come across a word that we have heard a thousand times and we can prod our heads a little and remember what it means. But do we truely understand its meaning? “Conservation” is perhaps such a familiar word. Our courses have taught us conservation; media has informed us about various conservation reports; governments globally have strategized conservation and we do our little parts by visiting these sanctuaries of protection and think we know what conservation really is.

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Food Security In Agriculture

Published in Food Safety

By Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu) (Post Doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University, USA)

Growing issue:

It is the time to rethink our role in how we grow food, how much are we managing to and what the casualties of such food driven conflicts are. If managed astutely, earth has enough to provide for all of us. However, plundering of the natural resources and ill management of the food resources have led to a drastic decline in food production with increasing population. Coupled with climate change and associated drought and the neo world. According to the United Nations, a profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today's 925 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.

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The Invisible World

Published in Wildlife

By Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu) (Post Doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University, USA)

Nature in all its bounds and glory have harnessed the world in a tight leash – a leash so sensitive that the slightest maneuver may upturn the harmony of existence! The ecosystem services that we benefit from are priceless, vast and unthinkable. Water that we drink, timber that we collect, food that we receive, the air that we breathe are very few examples of nature's benevolence. But how many of us are really aware of the fine things carrying on endlessly right in front of our very eyes? We hardly take notice of the extremities and hardships in the animal kingdom and the aids provided by nature to them to survive, to rise.

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Story of the Vanishing Pollinators: Honey Bees

Published in Negative Impacts

By Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti (Basu) (Post Doctoral Researcher, Oregon State University, USA)

Pollination – a fascinating natural process of transferring pollens to stigma of flowers – is the principle reason behind crop production. This priceless ecosystem service provided by all pollinators is the reason behind food being served on our plates!
Honey bees are an essential component of agriculture and many crops are completely dependent on the pollination services provided by bees, often over a period as short as a few days. Bee pollination is essential for the production of a variety of agricultural and horticultural crops. Honey beeis economically important for its additional role in production of marketable products like honey and wax. Honey bees also play an important role in the maintenance of biodiversity through the pollination of wild flowers and these in turn provide a source for food for many small mammal and birdspecies, either through herbivory or by providing prey.

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