Andrew A. Meharg, Mangala C. S. De Silva, Channa Jayasumana: Toxic cadmium in Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi rice
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Andrew A. Meharg, Mangala C. S. De Silva, Channa Jayasumana: Toxic cadmium in Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi rice

[COLOMBO] A 12-nation study has found Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan rice samples having the highest levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal. Parts of Cambodia, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Spain, Thailand and the US were also covered by the survey, the results of which were published online in Environmental Science and Technologyon 13 May. … Continue reading

Udaya Ranasinghe, Thishan Channa Yahathugoda: Cheap urine test for lymphatic filariasis
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Udaya Ranasinghe, Thishan Channa Yahathugoda: Cheap urine test for lymphatic filariasis

[COLOMBO] An international team of researchers has developed a simple but effective urine test to diagnose lymphatic filariasis, a neglected parasitic disease that affects more than 120 million people globally. The test is more affordable and less cumbersome than existing diagnostic methods, scientists from Bangladesh, Japan and Sri Lanka reported in Parasitology International, on 13 September. Lymphatic filariasis, also called … Continue reading

Janaka Wijetunga: Asian tsunami alert systems ‘pass major test’
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Janaka Wijetunga: Asian tsunami alert systems ‘pass major test’

[ACEH/COLOMBO/NEW DELHI] Tsunami warning systems appear to have worked effectively during last week’s (11 April) earthquake and aftershocks off the Indonesian coast of Sumatra, but experts say improvements are still needed. The 8.6 magnitude undersea quake triggered a tsunami warning in several countries. It was the first real-time test of three tsunami warning systems — in Australia, India and … Continue reading

Janaka Wijetunga: Tsunami study stresses preparedness
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Janaka Wijetunga: Tsunami study stresses preparedness

[COLOMBO] New computer modelling studies of possible earthquakes in the Indian Ocean, and the tsunamis they could trigger, suggest that the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Sri Lanka’s coastline was about the worst the country could face. Scientists from the University of Peradeniya modelled worst-case scenarios of earthquakes in each of the quake-prone zones in … Continue reading

Kamruddin Ahmed, Omala Wimalaratne: Older Sri Lankans neglecting rabies treatment
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Kamruddin Ahmed, Omala Wimalaratne: Older Sri Lankans neglecting rabies treatment

[COLOMBO] Sri Lankans, aged 60 and over, are more likely to die of rabies than their younger compatriots, says a new study. The findings, published last month (31 May) in Infection, Genetics and Evolution, indicate that school awareness programmes and proactive surveillance have helped younger people receive timely treatment for theinfectious disease. Older victims tended to … Continue reading

Balram Dhakal, K. P. Ariyadasa, Muthusamy Murugan:  Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say
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Balram Dhakal, K. P. Ariyadasa, Muthusamy Murugan: Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

COLOMBO] Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), plantations affect water and soil quality in tropical forests, the studies said. Researchers from Sri Lanka and the United  Kingdom studying abandoned cardamom … Continue reading

Badra Kamaladasa, D.A Jayasinghearachchi: Water problems mount for South Asian farmers
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Badra Kamaladasa, D.A Jayasinghearachchi: Water problems mount for South Asian farmers

[ISLAMABAD/COLOMBO] The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture. Poor monsoon rains have diminished the water available for agriculture and groundwater reservoir replenishment in South Asia, as well as making it difficult for farmers to know when … Continue reading