Nature Block: How plants save the world on a daily basis By Aaron Ambrose D’Souza

Aaron Ambrose D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 08-08-2017 08:37:57

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Nature Block: How plants save the world on a daily basis By Aaron Ambrose D’Souza

Kemmannu, July 28, 2017:
I’m pretty sure everyone knows how important plants are with the first thing that comes to mind being photosynthesis the process due to which we are still breathing literally perhaps eventually we’ll have machines to replace that but right now plants are the oxygen tanks of the earth. Well that’s not the only thing we get from photosynthesis though it is how plants get their sustenance which eventually leads to us getting sustenance. That is not all plants do they also play roles in various industries as well from clothing to building materials. Not just that they have inspired us to make other products like Velcro (inspired by plant burrs) and we’re still trying to learn to trap solar energy efficiently from them.

Well that’s already a lot but if that’s not enough world saving for you then I have got a trump card up my sleeves they’re roots. They’re the hidden warriors in other words Ninjas they silently blend in to the surrounding and do their work while the upper body gets all the glory. They’re the reason underground water exists, they are also the reason solid ground exists to some extent otherwise we would just have annoyingly loose soil everywhere. You’ve heard of landslides happening due to deforestation right. These are just the tip of the iceberg of all the things roots do for us.

Now to talk about 2 plants in specific who are local plants which thrive in the backwaters and seashore like in Kemmannu, whose roots are not as shy as the roots of other plants. The plants I’m talking about are Mangrove (Kandla in kannada, Kandli in Konkani) and Ipomea biloba (aka Ravanna’s moustache & in konkani Bangude phula) these riverside/seaside wonders are kind of the reason the sea hasn’t swallowed us up yet while all ours efforts to stop the sea haven’t really been that effective with us having to put up more boulders every 2 years or so. They’re plants with massive roots as you can see in the accompanying images. The mangroves also work as pollution indicators as they are highly receptive to changes in their surroundings. They’re also good shelter for animals such as small crabs, shrimp and fishes. The Ipomea on the other hand is pretty damn small on the surface making it hard to believe in the size of those roots hiding underneath it, which is probably the reason it got the name Ravanna’s moustache. I’ll like to end this by saying that plants don’t need us but we need them big time, so we better live in harmony with them.

On a side note I’d like to mention how important it is for people to learn about their surroundings from a young age. Though we learn about nature in a general way how many of us knew about the aforementioned Ravana’s moustache?? Not many right. Since it’s not easy for us to change the schooling system itself, we can still teach ourselves. So do your best in that alright. This is not a request, just do it. It’s not like you’ll lose anything from doing it. So have fun.

About the Autour:
Aaron Ambrose D’Souza, is the 2nd son of Braan and Dr. Avila D’souza from Kemmannu, a 19 year old doing his 2nd year diploma in Civil engineering at TMA Pai, Manipal. His passion is bio-diversity.

Also Read:

Flora and Fauna of Kemmannu (Thonse) by Aaron Click  Here

Comments on this Article
Anish D’Souza, Kolalgiri, Dubai Sun, September-3-2017, 4:49
Thank you for you valuable Information...Aaron

Nature conservation is vital for Survival in the Future.

Madhumathi Bhat, Phd, Anthem Biosciences, Bangalore Wed, August-2-2017, 10:28
Very very nice, it is good to know that a 19 year old boy is trying to spread awareness of importance of plants. Generally these age groups hardly care.

Really good. Proud of him.

Brian Quadros, Kemmannu/Abu Dhabi Wed, August-2-2017, 9:47
Nicely written article and good information about our own surroundings, keep writing..
Hevita Martis, Keman-Mumbai Tue, August-1-2017, 10:23
Great essential information..
Nancy Lewis, Thonse/Mississauga Mon, July-31-2017, 3:29
Good Job Aron, Keep posting/writing on nature’s beauty. Nice to see the environmental pictures of our homeland.
Richard Almeida, Kodavoor/Thottam, Airoli, Navi Mumbai Mon, July-31-2017, 12:42
Dear Aaron,

Very interesting and well informed about the plants which are right available in our neighborhood and the importance of which most of us are not aware of.

You are really spending your quality time educating the readers of these articles which i am sure may prompt many more to join and enjoy reading your articles in in the coming days.

Both articles were just superb and worth reading.

Patrick L. Lewis, Those- Kallianpur/Dubai Sun, July-30-2017, 4:22
Dear Aaron,

Very nice your articles are not only nature loving also scientific.

Braan, Kemmannu Sun, July-30-2017, 12:23
Good going Aaron, keep writing.

This is a boring subject but you are making it interesting.

Narrating on unknown facts on kemman is great. Hope even the readers would love to read on kemman.

Its just a beginning make it big.

Niveditha, US Sun, July-30-2017, 12:10
Hi Aaron,very knowledgeable article with good pics of plants.Keep writing articles like this to enhance knowledge about plants and how they are protecting Nature...

Really well done for your work and interest towards nature.

Nelson Quadros, Kemmannu / Abu Dhabi Sun, July-30-2017, 9:35
Dear Aaron, very nice and thought provoking article with lots of information.

Keep writing. God bless you.

Madava Rao P, kemmannu Sun, July-30-2017, 9:30
Excellent job Mr.Aaron.keep writing articles.keep shooting(photo).

You are utilising your free time for good purpose. Thanks to your parents for their support.

Alex Lewis, Kallianpur/Abu Dhabi Sat, July-29-2017, 10:26
Awesome Aaron, We really loved your both articles.

How many time we went to Gujjerbettu/Hoode/Bengre/Malpe beach, but we never thought of such plants and their roots.

You have enlightened us by picking something from nothing.

Keep it up and God bless You.

Dony Lewis, Katapady Sat, July-29-2017, 4:45
Superb, Aaron. I think you should pursue your enthusiasm in environment and nature.

In fact I advice you should follow your career in this field. You well definitely excel.

Keep writing and keep educating us. Good luck.

V. Prabhu, Hyderabad Sat, July-29-2017, 7:05
Apt article for every generation to appreciate the reason why we need to respect nature take care of mother Earth!

God bless you Aaron

Joyce Maben, Mangalore, Bendore Fri, July-28-2017, 10:32
Very thoughtful information.

This awareness should be a subject in every School about the importance of greenery in saving our environment.

Vinod m. dsouza, Joscel, Kemmannu Fri, July-28-2017, 9:10
Excellent enlightenment. Congrats.
Mrs. Stella Vinutha D’souza, Asst. Prof. in English, Mysore Fri, July-28-2017, 9:07
The jargon used related to flora and information conveyed with emotive concern for nature you are truly successful in persuading us to be inspired to get acquainted with the nature.

Keep informed and keep us informed.

Deon Vas, Udupi/Visakhapatnam Fri, July-28-2017, 8:22
Great right up again Mr. Aaron. Very crisp and easy to grab!
Nancy D’Souza, Santhekatte. Fri, July-28-2017, 7:25
Mangroves have a really lot of positivity for nature! Well written.
Dr. Daizy vas, Udupi Fri, July-28-2017, 7:21
Very nice keep up beta.
Dr. Avila D’Souza, Palmgrove, Kemmannu Fri, July-28-2017, 4:58
Plants are real treasure of our earth. Aaron, you have very nicely, crisply explained their significance with the example of our local plants.

Your article will surely change our outlook towards the plants.

Keep writing..

Shruti laad, Bhatkal Fri, July-28-2017, 4:16
Such a beautiful connection we have with our nature. We have to observe and know the importance of such things.

Aron i felt very happy that you are creating awareness in people by writing this article.thanks to u..

Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai Fri, July-28-2017, 2:07
I am glad you care for our Environment ...
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