Anabe Labs is an interdisciplinary research and evidence-based publishing started by Rajesh Hegde and Maitreyi Hegde in 2023 to publish content on Climate Resilience. Our emphasis is on human ethics over technology to address the complex issues in Climate Change and Conservation.

Rajesh comes with academic background in Chemical Engineering (MSc from University of Alberta) and combined industry experience of 8 years in Canadian oil and gas industry, carbon offsets and emission reduction assessments for low carbon technologies.
Maitreyi comes with academic background in Botany and Biotechnology (MSc from Dharwad University, Karnataka). She has dabbled with multiple fields of work for short durations- Assistant lecturer of biotechnology, Researcher in herbal product formulations for an Agri-Products start up and online course facilitator before transitioning to wildlife conservation. She is a RHATC fellow from 2023-2024 batch. (RHATC- Ram Hattikudur Advanced training in Conservation)

Brief personal journeys so far

We both are natives of Karnataka, India and we got fascinated by the underground world of fungi through the book Entangled Life, authored by Merlin Sheldrake. This inspired us to keep our organization name as Anabe Labs. 'Anabe' is the Kannada word for mushrooms and 'Labs' reflect the interdisciplinary and scientific nature of our projects we undertake. Based on the context, 'Anabe Labs' can be interpreted in multiple ways.

Rajesh visited Sangatya commune in Karkala, Karnataka in 2016, managed by Dr.Shreekumar, his ex-University professor. He was moved by the farm's circular economy principles and the Gandhian values being exercised there. Subsequently he quit his job in the Canadian oil and gas industry and transitioned to Climate change work through consulting on emission LCA and carbon offset projects.

For Maitreyi, her inner connection to wildlife and the ongoing human-wildlife conflict of co-existence made her move towards conservation work. As a first step she interned with Nature Conservation foundation, where she worked on the Asian Hornbill database and coordinated the citizen science program ‘Hornbill Watch’. Her second step was the RHATC fellowship.

Rajesh and Maitreyi
Rajesh and Maitreyi

What you can expect in our Content writing

Rajesh writes essays on:

  • Complexities in the low-carbon energy transition (global and regional)
  • Climate resilient strategies for cities in the Global South.
  • Updates on the farm trials.

Maitreyi writes articles on:

  • Wonders and intricacies of the natural world
  • Perspective on species, landscapes and ecosystems and the need for their conservation.
  • Updates on the farm trials.

Our content platform would also amplify emerging research work (academia, think tanks etc.) in Climate Change and Conservation in the Global south. We plan to bring guest writers soon on our platform to share their subject matter expertise for our readers. We inspire our readers to act on Climate Change and join hands with us.

We would appreciate your feedback, questions or comments on the articles we published through our email id: Please contact us at the same email id for queries on republishing our content or request for contractual content writing work.

Our writing is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Farm trials

We have leased half acre land near Siddapur,Karnataka to grow grafted Haas avocado saplings, first of its kind in that region. Goal is to get hands on learning on the field and improve local food security. We plan to do intercropping with aromatic and medicinal plants. We would publish our farm experiences and field updates on this site as time comes.

We are registered as Limited Liability partnership (LLP) in India with LLP Identification Number: ABC-3639.