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The influence of anthropogenic loading on the distribution of soft bottom benthic organisms of a tropical estuary (Cochin backwaters) was examined. The industrial activities were found to be high in the northern and central part of the estuary, where dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN > 210 μM) and phosphorus (DIP > 6.5 μM) have caused high abundance of(More)
Dielectric composites composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ (LSCO) with high permittivity, low loss and high breakdown strength have been developed. The effects of particle size of LSCO (fine (∼250 nm) and coarse (∼3 μm)) on the phase crystallization of PVDF and dielectric properties of polymer-LSCO composites are studied. The(More)
Water quality in the Cochin Estuary, southwest coast of India during the tsunami attack was assessed and compared with the pre and post tsunami characteristics. From the results obtained, it is evident that a drastic change in hydrography has been inflicted by the energy transferred through the tsunami, which disturbed the entire estuarine embayment.(More)
Cytotaxonomic investigations were carried out on eight species of the medicinally important genus Thottea from the Western Ghats, India. Chromosome numbers are reported for the first time in seven endemic Thottea spp. The meiotic and mitotic chromosome numbers are discussed in taxonomic and phylogenetic contexts. Uniformity in chromosome numbers in all the(More)
The bloom-infested waters along the southwest coast of India were assessed to bring about the probable cause related to the excessive algal production. Low nitrate and silicate concentrations were concomitant with slightly higher levels of phosphate. The silicate depletion in the bloom area is possibly an indication of community succession (diatom to(More)
Concentrations and distributions of trace metals (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn) in surficial sediments of the Cochin backwaters were studied during both monsoon and pre-monsoon periods. Spatial variations were in accordance with textural charaterstics and organic matter content. A principal component analysis distinguished three zones with(More)
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