Biodiversity Current Affairs, GK & News

Maharashtra Gene Bank Project

Recently, Maharashtra Cabinet approved the ‘Maharashtra Gene Bank’, a first-of-its-kind project in India. What is the objective of the Maharashtra Gene Bank Project? To conserve genetic resources in Maharashtra including marine diversity, seeds of local crops, and animal diversity. What are the seven themes of the project? The ‘Maharashtra Gene Bank Project’ will work on ..

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Western Ghats: New gecko species

A team of researchers recently discovered a new gecko species in the Western Ghats of Kerala. The species has been named as Hemidactylus easai. The species was named after the former director of the Kerala Forest and Research Institute P S Easa. About the new species The species was found in the drier regions of ..

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Aravalli Biodiversity Park-India’s first OECM site

On World Wetlands Day, that is, on February 2, the Aravalli Biodiversity Park was announced as the first Other Effective Area – based Conservation Measures site, OECM site. What is OECM? The OECM tag is provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN. According to IUCN, the OECM sites are not protected but ..

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Scomberoides pelagicus: New fish (Pola Vatta)

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) recently identified a new Vatta species. The new fish is called Scomberoides pelagicus. About the new fish The new fish belongs to queen fish group. It is localled called Pola vatta. The fish has a concave dorsal head, deep ovate body. The number of gill rakers in this ..

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Peru Environmental Emergency

Peru is a South American country. The Government of Peru recently declared an environmental emergency due to oil spill. The emergency is to last for 90 – days! What happened? Around six thousand barrels of oil were spilled into the Pacific Ocean. A tanker of Repsol, a Spanish Energy firm, was transporting oil to Vantinalla ..

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