The vaccine technology exposes queen bees to inactive (ie, “dead”) bacteria, which enables the larvae hatched in the hive to resist infection.
The vaccine is mixed in queen candy — the primary food source for both the queen bees and the attendant bees living in cages.
Endangered Asian elephant has lost most of its optimal habitat in Nilgiri Reserve: Study
As per a recent study, the endangered Asian Elephant has lost most of its “optimal” habitat: flat terrain that is easily negotiable in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR).
The Western Ghats is an escarpment running north–south along the western coastline of India, interrupted towards the south by the low-lying Palghat Gap that separates the northern from the southern elephant populations.
The northern part of the WG includes the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and its surrounding protected areas.
The Palghat Gap is a break in the Ghats that is relatively flat and consequently easily negotiable by elephants.
However, human settlements and crop cultivation have hindered the movement of the elephants, keeping them confined to the hilly areas.