Using the knowledge of senior botanists, nature lovers initiated an experimental effort in Odisha’s Berhampur on Sunday to cure trees affected by human activities by using traditional ingredients. Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) chairperson Subash Moharana, Forest Department officials, city MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera, environmental activists and several botanists took part in the initiative started by Sabuja Bahini, Anchalika Vikash Parishad and other organisations.For the past one week, efforts are on to remove metal nails, wires and publicity materials from the trunk of the trees in and around Berhampur as they are the reason behind the slow death of trees. Posters on tree trunks“It was seen that toxic metallic oxides produced through corrosion had started to damage the internal parts of these trees. Fungal infection caused by posters nailed on tree trunks was a major problem. So, it was decided to take up some measures to heal the wounds,” said Mr. Behera.Traditional methodsSenior botanists — Prof. Sachidananda Padhi and Prof. Brahmabihari Panda — were consulted to provide remedial measures. “As plants have great self-healing power, we decided to provide natural remedies to them which would help them heal the wounds by themselves,” said Prof. Padhi. “So, we decided to experiment with a concoction comprising turmeric, neem leaves, gobar [cattle dung] and clay collected from ponds,” said Prof. Panda. No chemical ingredients like modern pesticides or fungicides were used in the mixture.In the concoction, turmeric and neem serve as disinfectants for the wounds and fungal infections while gobar and clay help the plant cells to regenerate. On Sunday morning, environmental activists along with the DFO, local MLA, BeDA chairman and botanists filled up the wounds found on the tree trunks with the concoction.Sibaram Panigrahy of Sabuja Bahini said that as the process involved no costly materials, the general public should start saving the trees in their area through this process in future.Chyau Patnaik, a physician, said he got involved in the medical treatment of plants for the first time.Dr. Patnaik said in the coming Assembly session, he will try to bring a private member Bill to save trees in urban areas from getting damaged by human interventions.The Super Cyclone of 1999, Phailin of 2013 and the Hudhud in 2014 had uprooted several big trees in Berhampur. Efforts are on to save the trees and provide them longevity, said Mr. Moharana.
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Bronze medallists Samaresh Jung, Jitu Rai and Prakash Nanjappa at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. Photo: PTI.Indian men settled for a bronze medal after narrowly missing the silver in the 10m air pistol event at the Ongnyeon shooting range, continuing their good run in the 17th Asian Games, on Sunday.Their latest shooting star Jitu Rai entered the eight-man final as the second best qualifier but could not stand on the podium after finishing fifth, a day after clinching the 50m gold.Rai’s precise shooting, that helped him garner 585 points and qualify with a point behind Kazakhstan’s Rashid Yunusmetov, backed up by Samaresh Jung’s 580 (who finished 9th) and Prakash Nanjappa’s 578 (14th), albeit with an injured leg, helped India garner 1743 points, the same as second placed China, for the bronze.India and China were level on points and the silver was decided by the number of Xs (bullseye) in the tens in which the latter tallied one more – 65 to India’s 64.The gold was won by hosts South Korea with a combined tally of 1744, leading Samaresh to later say that “why only silver, we narrowly missed the gold too”.Rai had provided India with their first gold in these Games on day one of competitions on Saturday.Rai’s sequence of hits at the target were 97, 99, 95, 98, 97 and 99 and he even expressed his disappointment despite scoring tens at times.Burly Samaresh, the 2006 Commonwealth Games ‘Gold Finger’, came up with 97, 97, 97, 96, 96 and 98 to finish one slot outside the finals qualification.He later said, “I am pretty happy to finish with a medal and not exactly disappointed (at not making the finals).”advertisement”Why only silver, we missed out on the gold too by one point. But that’s how it goes,” he said.Like all other shooting contingent members, he too had to return to India after the World Championships in Spain to get Korean visas in the absence of their accreditations with them but, unlike a few of the rest, said he was quite happy to spend a day at home after spending several days overseas.Asked about his immediate future, he said, “I am not even looking at the Rio qualifications now. If I get a quota I will go and shoot there. It’s two years away. I will be taking part in the nationals.”