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Thiruvananthapuram: A biopesticide developed by the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) from Cassava leaves would be officially launched on Tuesday.

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A team of researchers led by C.A. Jayaprakash, principal scientist and head of crop protection division of CTCRI, segregated the insecticidal compounds from bio-waste that subsequently helped in the formulation of the bio-pesticide.

Jayaprakash said that biopesticide ‘Nanma’ was useful against a spectrum of insect pests, like pseudo stem weevil (Odoiporuslongicollis) and rhizome weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus) in banana.

“Cassava leaf is a storehouse of protein and other nutrients; nevertheless, its toxic principles (cyanoglucosides) prevent its commercial exploitation as food, feed or allied products. Our team succeeded in separating the insecticidal principles from this bio-waste,” said Jayaprakash.

This new biopesticide is equally effective in killing the stem borer pests of other tree and fruit crops, including red palm weevil (Rhynchophorusferrugineus) that attacks coconut and several other palm trees.

The biopesticide has already been effectively put to use in three districts of Kerala.

The team has designed a pilot plant to scale up production of bioactive principles from Cassava, with technical support of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre here. The machine has since been installed at CTCRI.

CTCRI has also designed a new applicator (stem injection syringe) for banana plants to control pseudo stem weevil. A dose of 10 to 15 ml has to be injected 5 cm below the infested region (the region where the exudates come due to infestation by weevil).

(IANS)

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A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

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Two Abu Dhabi-based entrepreneurs have pledged to support the two children of a Kerala nurse who died after attending to Nipah virus patients in the Indian state.

A mother of two, 28-year-old Lini Puthussery from Kozhikkode was cremated on Monday even before her family members could bid a final goodbye because of fears that the virus could spread.

Santhi Pramot and Jyothi Pallat, executive directors of Avitis Institute of Medical Sciences in Palghat in Kerala, told the Khaleej Times they have pledged to sponsor the education of Puthussery’s two sons, aged 2 and 7.

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Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything. Pixabay

Hailing her dedication, Santhi Pramot, who lives with her family in Abu Dhabi, said: “What she did is a heroic sacrifice in the line of duty. We want to take a small step to honour her devotion to the nursing profession and also support the family in their grief.
“We have contacted the family and informed them that their sons’ education till they are self-reliant is our responsibility.

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“We are in the healthcare profession and are aware of the sacrifices and hardships of medical nurses. It was indeed a heart-breaking incident that she died while attending to her patients,” Pramot said.
Meanwhile, Puthussery’s brother-in-law Jayakumar Velom, a Sharjah resident, said Lini aspired to work in the Gulf.

“Lini wanted to find a job in the Gulf region to support her children and her aged mother. She tried many times but couldn’t get anything,” Velom told the daily.
In a final note that Puthussery scribbled for her husband in a hospital isolation unit, she urged him to take care of their children and take them to the Gulf. (IANS)

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