Considering Amazonian microbial diversity

Diverse ecological communities of Amazonia play a crucial role in the maintenance of the biosphere. However, little is known about the microbial ecology of Amazonia. During an analysis of litter from an Amazonian wetland we discovered a new... continue reading

Developed microbial communities in biofilm mode: the key for reinstating degraded ecosystems

In conventional scientific approaches, degraded ecosystems (e.g. conventional agroecosystems due to tillage and high doses of chemical inputs) are attempted to be revived mainly through nutrients, organic matter and water management. However, they... continue reading

Exo-planets around Red Dwarf Stars: Reasons to look for Co-orbiting Same-Size Planets

Same-size planets that orbit one-another around a common centre of mass would answer a lot of problems associated with Red-Dwarf stars, such as: tidal locking (because same size planets would tidally lock to each-other, thus blocking tidal locking... continue reading

Supercritical Exoplanetary Atmospheres as Potential Habitats for Extraterrestrial Aeroplankton

An increasingly familiar class of exoplanets amongst those being continually discovered is the "Super-Earth" (Valencia+2007), with a mass intermediate between Earth and Neptune. These have been... continue reading

Sharing standards before sharing resources? The case of research biobanks

In biobank research, one of the main obstacles for full applicability of Open Access to biomedical resources is the researchers’ reluctance to make immediately and freely available these materials before having adequately exploited their... continue reading

Coiling attached with UV source and gas inlet for ballast water treatment: An effective physical method for ballast water treatment

Ships carry giant volume of ballast water required to sink in Sea. The loading and unloading of ballast water causes negative impact on marine environment. The discharged ballast water typically contains both macroscopic and microscopic plants,... continue reading

Dinitrogen fixing moderately halo-alkaliphilic microorganisms as a crop productivity enhancer

Electrical conductivity of Sea water and saline soil is above 4 dS/m (Cox et al., 1970; Sehgal, 1980). The high pH and high salinity reduced metabolic rates of dinitrogen (N2) fixing bacteria which lowered or stopped N2 fixation activity. This... continue reading

Antibiotic resistant bacterial diversity from terrestrial hot spring, Unkeshwar (Nanded), Maharashtra, India

Total 46 diverse thermophilic bacterial strains were isolated from terrestrial hot springs located at Unkeshwar (Longitude 78o 25’ East and Latitude 19o 85’ North). Bacterial strains showed optimum growth at temperatures ranges from 45-65 oC and... continue reading

Source populations in the context of dispersal modelling

In conservation ecology, missing source populations are often considered the main bottleneck for the successful (re-)colonisation of (restored) habitats ([e.g. Kail et al. 2015]( 10.1371/journal.pone.0130228)). In theoretical... continue reading

Research on experts as a resource (rather than a tool) in mathematics education

The underlying assumption of the expert-novice paradigm is that findings on experts in a particular field (e.g., mathematicians, expert teachers, gifted students) can be applied for advancing novices in the same field (usually "regular" students... continue reading


This is the Journal of Brief Ideas - citable ideas in fewer than 200 words.

Before you can create a new idea, you'll need to log in using the link above. You also can't vote on existing ideas without signing in too.


Click on the icon to vote on an idea. You can't vote on your own ideas.