A ficus full of life

After four months of desk work in Mysore, I was really looking forward to fieldwork in Namdapha Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh with my Lisu friends. The Lisu are one of the local communities around Namdapha. On day 1, I was marking a transect with my Lisu friends, Ngwayotse and Adusey,when suddenly Ngwayotse, whispered ‘Paigolo’. […]

The march of the triffids

“In temperate countries, where man had succeeded in putting most forms of nature save his own under a reasonable degree of restraint, the status of the triffid was thus made quite clear. But in the tropics, particularly in the dense forest areas, they quickly became a scourge.” —John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids In […]

Plant invaders: Q&A with Geetha Ramaswami

  Geetha Ramaswami is a Research Associate at NCF, and is particularly interested in invasive plants—especially how they affect and get affected by the ecosystem they invade.   What are introduced species? What are native species? Well, over many millennia, different species have evolved to live in different kinds of environments. They may not have […]

Saving Wild Ferns

The whistle of the pressure cooker was yet to blow and it seemed an endless wait. In the meantime, my cell phone rang. Divya Calling…… Divya: Hello… Me: Yes Divya, tell me.. Divya: Hey, where are you man? Me: I am at home, tell me.. Divya: See, near the 30th hairpin bend, people from the […]