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New freshwater diatom genus discovered from the Eastern and Western Ghats

Researchers from the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) in Pune have discovered a new genus of diatoms in the unpolluted waters of the Eastern Ghats mountain range. Diatoms are microscopic algae that play a crucial role in our everyday lives, producing approximately 25 percent of the global oxygen supply— roughly every fourth breath we take. They form the base of the aquatic food chain and serve as valuable indicators of water quality due to their sensitivity to changes in water chemistry. Th...

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