Binoy V V

Binoy V V
National Institute of Advanced Studies · Natural Sciences and Engineering

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Introduction
My research focuses on science communication and the reintroduction of endangered animals (fishes)
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June 2014 - present
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

Publications

Publications (64)
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Lack of environmental awareness or ignorance regarding the ecological role of animals among children has long-term negative consequences for the biodiversity of a nation. We conducted a study in a biodiversity hotspot in southern India to examine the knowledge level of rural school children regarding the mammali-an species in their region. The resu...
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With the vaccination against COVID-19 gaining momentum all over the globe, understanding the determinants of vaccine acceptance has become important for every nation to come out with strategies for maximizing the immunisation. The present study explored the intention to take vaccines by Indians and its relationship with, various constructs of the H...
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We investigated the impact of captive life on behaviour and learning abilities in an enigmatic, aquifer-dwelling blind eel, Rakthamichthys digressus . Of eight major behavioural traits related to exploration and activity in a novel arena, four were significantly altered by life in captivity. While the startle response upon introduction into the are...
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People use many kinds of mitigation strategies to resolve humanwildlife conflict issues, and their preferences for lethal or non-lethal techniques are influenced by socio-cultural factors and their attitudes toward the conflict species. We conducted studies in two regions in India to investigate factors related to people’s choice of conflict mitiga...
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Many piscine species form fission-fusion societies where decisions to leave or join a shoal are influenced by factors such as shoal size, familiarity and species. Individuals exhibit distinct shoaling preferences based on behavioural traits such as boldness and sociability. In this study, we examined the link between shoaling decisions and behaviou...
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Swimway and open field are the two popular apparatus used for measuring boldness-the propensity to take risky decisions-in various piscine species. The present study compared boldness exhibited by an air-breathing freshwater fish climbing perch in a swimway, rectangular open field, intermediate stages between these two apparatus and circular open f...
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Shoals formed by many piscine species are fission-fusion societies where decisions to leave or join a group can have consequences on the fitness of individuals. Some important factors that determine shoal choice are shoal size, familiarity and species composition. However, individuals and species often exhibit distinct shoaling preferences. Individ...
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The present study explored the relationships between the personality traits boldness, activity, exploration, and sociability, and lateralized utilisation of brain hemispheres in the hatchery-reared juveniles of Deccan Mahseer (Tor khudree), an endangered megafish inhabiting the rivers of central and southern India. Our results revealed a significan...
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The diminished growth and stunting of the deccan mahseer, Tor khudree, a mega-fish, endemic to peninsular India is recorded for the first time under high-density laboratory conditions, and its implications for conservation and aquaculture discussed.
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Fish learn spatial features of their habitats and remember the locations of foraging sites, refuge areas and migratory routes for maximizing their fitness. While individual fish are quite capable of spatial learning, pairs composed of individuals with divergent personality traits and social behaviours could exhibit distinct patterns of learning. In...
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Proper management of water resources considering concerns of the population dependent on it has become a priority of the governing agencies in the current context of global warming and climate change. Although, perceptions and attitude of diverse stakeholders towards various strategies utilised for protecting and managing water resources are gettin...
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In rural regions of the developing nations, women and girls play a disproportionate role in terms of procurement and management of water required for domestic and agriculture purpose, from their male counterparts. This gender difference in the social role and responsibility as well the personal requirement of water acquire prominence during the ado...
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Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) is a major challenge for conservation biologists worldwide. To counter negative attitudes of people towards wildlife species, government agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) frequently provide monetary compensation for losses due to crop damage or livestock depredation by wildlife. While much has been writ...
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For detials https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm19/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/605743
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The biodiversity of freshwater aquatic ecosystems is threatened by invasive alien species across the world. We studied the impact of the presence of an invasive piscine species, the tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus and acquisition of familiarity with it on the social decision-making and exploratory behaviour of a native, air-breathing, freshwater fi...
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Personality-consistency in the behavioural traits exhibited by an individual across time and context-is known to constrain behavioural flexibility required for adapting with the demands of the contexts. For social animals, living with individuals of similar or contrasting personality traits is unavoidable and limited flexibility in behavioural trai...
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India has the largest number of dengue cases in the world, contributing approximately 34% of the global burden. Traditional approaches to modeling dengue transmission have relied on studying a variety of environmental variables in the context of various population related parameters. There have been significant limitations in the accuracy and usabi...
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The present study explored relationships between personality traits; boldness, activity and sociability, and lateralized utilization of brain hemispheres in the hatchery reared juveniles of Deccan Mahseer ( Tor khudree ), a game fish inhabiting the rivers of central and southern India. Our results revealed a significant positive correlation between...
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For details https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/EGU2019-1432.pdf
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A unique piscine behaviour, collection and temporary storage of food materials inside the mouth during times of availability and particularly in response to starvation, has been reported in a single species, the climbing perch Anabas testudineus. In this study, we documented a significant variation in the amount of food collected by populations of...
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Teaching and learning biodiversity and classification is highly dependent upon visual information and Graphical Representations (GRs) are an essential component of the study materials discussing these topics. However, GRs are double-edged swords; if used appropriately it reduces the mental effort experienced while learning (cognitive load). Meanwhi...
Poster
For abstract and poster https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/371967
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Attitudinal differences toward wildlife have important implications for conflict management and when the species in question have strong cultural and religious associations, conflict mitigation becomes a challenging endeavor. We investigated farmers’ attitudes toward two different crop-raiding macaque species, the rhesus macaque in northern India,...
Technical Report
Only eight subterranean fish species are known from India till date, out of which six occur in the western peripheral regions of the Western Ghats located in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The current project aims to determine the diversity, distribution, population structure and ecological conditions supporting the subterranean fish species...
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Strategic bridging of various institutions into a functional network and enhancing communication between the nodes is a low-cost and effective approach for gathering grassroots level information and dissemination of scientific knowledge to various actors of a multi-stakeholder society. Such a cross-talking network of institutions, for example, scho...
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This first-of-a-kind volume provides a snapshot of existing science communication policy and practice in India across different S&T sectors, and offers solutions to building effective communication. It provides an understanding on how to avoid societal clashes in situations when science meets the public in these sectors. The editors and contributor...
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Reaching advancement in science and technology down to the lower-most stratum of the social pyramid and encouraging bidirectional communication between scientists and public are vital for ‘scientising’ the policies, attaining social and environmental sustainability and economic growth. Inefficacy or absence of a mechanism for reducing the chasm bet...
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Autobiographical remembrance, ‘memories of past personal experience’, is vital for social, emotional and directive dimensions of the cognition and behaviour of an individual. This form of memory, unique to humans, is a key constituent of the concept of self, strategies for coping up with stress and thus vital to understand the wellbeing. Studies ar...
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We live in a time when the emotions we possess, the identity we carry, the memories we retain, the decisions we take, the unconscious influences to which we are beholden, and the free will we exercise all impact upon the fundamental nature of our consciousness, and determine how the self and identity will express themselves or evolve in a multicult...
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This volume brings together the primary challenges for 21st century cognitive sciences and cultural neuroscience in responding to the nature of human identity, self, and evolution of life itself. Through chapters devoted to intricate but focused models, empirical findings, theories, and experiential data, the contributors reflect upon the most exci...
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The present study revealed that populations of climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) inhabiting river, backwater, shallow water channel, ponds with and without vegetation cover, marsh, sewage canal and aquaculture tank varied significantly in the number of food items consumed. Chironomous larvae, organic debris and filamentous algae were the common i...
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The present paper describes our efforts and challenges faced while building a permanent network of students in Kerala and Karnataka to collect grass root level information of problems prevalent in the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) and promote water literacy.
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In this study we showed that a freshwater fish, the climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) is incapable of using chemical communication but employs visual cues to acquire familiarity and distinguish a familiar group of conspecifics from an unfamiliar one. Moreover, the isolation of olfactory signals from visual cues did not affect the recognition and...
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It is not the gold in the mines, but the talents and the minds of our gifted youth which will make our country an effective participant in the global playing field.' – Xolo. Children 'gifted' in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) represent a nation's intellectual or social capital 2–5 , because if identified and trained properl...
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The present study compared boldness (latency to initiate exploration of a novel area) in four species of freshwater fish collected from an irrigation canal. The results revealed that the stinging catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis), armed with poisonous pectoral spines, was the boldest and unarmed attentive carplet (Amblypharyngodon melettinus) the s...
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The current study analysed how the climbing perch Anabas testudineus an air-breathing freshwater fish make choice when a pair of food patches differing in the gain is presented. The results revealed no significant variation in the preference towards the patch of food material cumulated in one place over the same amount of food dispersed in a wider...
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The impact of culture on environmental education is well acknowledged by theorists and practitioners in the field; however, the particular mechanisms by which cultural factors may influence environmental educa-tional practices are still relatively unexplored. In this note we describe a citizen science initiative that we attempted to implement in a...
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Although an urbanite could conceive the availability of multiple sources of drinking water as a luxury, houses with more than one source of potable quality water are not rare in many peri-urban regions and villages with developmental interventions in India. Homes in these areas can avail government water supply throughout the year via permanent pip...
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The invasion of alien faunal species and the consequent modification of the dynamics of inter-and intra-species interactions is a serious environmental issue faced by most aquatic ecosystems throughout the world. Research on the impact of alien invasive fish on the behaviour and cognitive abilities of indigenous piscine species, in particular, is o...
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The ability of climbing perch (Anabas testudineus, Bloch), an air-breathing freshwater fish to take decisions in various conflicting situations was studied using two different behavioural assays: shoal selection and the propensity to take a risky decision (boldness). The results reveal that in this species familiarity acquired with another individu...
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The present study demonstrated that the climbing perch Anabas testudineus collected and stocked food pellets in its mouth, a behaviour that has not yet been reported in any other species of fish. In this species, food deprivation for 24 h increased food stocking, but not food intake.
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The effect of an organophosphorus (OP) insecticide, methyl parathion on the behaviour of a freshwater air breathing teleost fish, the Climbing perch, Anabas testudineus was studied. The breathing rate, rate of feeding, performance of sustained swimming behaviour against water current and the learning ability were severely curtailed in the fish expo...
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Behavioural toxicity of dicofol, a commonly used pesticide, on Anabas testudineus was evaluated. Pesticide treatment has little effect on the positional orientation of the fish during the initial days of exposure. However, alteration in positional orientation was evident from day five of exposure to dicofol. Significant reduction in opercular movem...
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This paper discuss the factors influencing exploratory behaviour, a measure of boldness (the propensity to take risk) in an air-breathing freshwater fish climbing perch

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Our group studies, how people make sense of novel scientific information, utilize it while making decisions (mainly protective action decision making during disasters) and develop strategies for communicating science with students and non-expert public
Archived project
Empowering students to comprehend the dynamics of the interaction between biotic and abiotic components of their environment, utilisation of these relationships by human beings for their benefit and the impact of overexploitation of the natural resources is vital for mitigating environmental degradation in the current context of natural resource depletion and climate change. Unfortunately, the existing curriculum often fails to convey the essence of ecology, “interconnectedness” and “interdependence and makes students unable to find connections with what they learn in the classroom with real-life situations. Our team is involved in analysing study materials used for teaching vital concepts in ecology and classroom practices using the tools of cognitive science and developing modules combining classic methodologies of science teaching with modern tools of information communication technology.
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We are developing strategies for conserving endangered freshwater fishes, mainly megafishes, by converging information on the behavior and cognitive abilities of the focal species and KABP (Knowledge, Attitude, Behaviour and Practices) of multiple stakeholders involved in direct and indirect interaction with them.