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Heard about Vaginal Seeding?

Millions of microbiome play a significant role in the health and overall wellbeing of an individual. We inherit our gut health when we are in the mother’s womb and build it up from there. A recent study has piqued interest to understand if there are any health benefits of children born through the birth canal […]

Holy Tulasi, the incomparable one

In Hinduism, tulasi is worshipped as a goddess and every part of the tulasi plant is revered and considered sacred, including the leaves, stem, flower, root, seeds, and oil. Even the surrounding soil, which has recently been found to harbor beneficial endophytic fungi, is considered an aspect of the divine. Here we examine, the benefits […]

World’s biggest organism

World’s biggest organism Fast, think about the biggest life-form ever. What’d you thought of? A dinosaur? Apologies, no — there’s bigger. You might say a blue whale? No! There is a great chance that you are thinking about the biggest creature, but we said ‘life form’. Well, we’re discussing the “humongous growth,” a colony of […]

Giant umbrella sized leaves

Considered as medicine for sexually transmitted diseases, the Brazilian Giant-rhubarb is a large, clump-forming perennial with stout horizontal stems known as rhizomes, massive umbrella-sized leaves.  The leaves of Gunnera manicata grow to an impressive size Leaves with diameters well in excess of 4 ft (122 cm) are commonplace, with a spread of 10 ft (3 […]

Plants and the art of disguise

When you look at Tom Hanks transform into the character of Forest Gump or Robin Williams into Mrs. Doubtfire, you are enthralled to see how the protagonist can mimic a completely different character with such ease and finesse. However good these fine actors are, there are better-mimicking geniuses in the world of plants and animals.  […]