Mumbai, Oct. 19 -- Scientists have found a direct correlation between the intensity of rainfall over the city and annual pest attacks on mangroves, while indicating that the infestation was highest at mangrove forests in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), for any coastal area.

The Institute of Wood Sciences and Technology (IWST), Bengaluru, submitted its final report suggesting solutions for the annual invasion to the state mangrove cell last week after studying the phenomenon for the past three years.

"We found the intensity of the infestation varies every year and depends directly on the amount of rainfall received by the city during monsoon. Heavier the rains, worse the infestation," said R Raja Rishi, principal investigator of the ...