The clean-up of anthropogenic and xenobiotic contaminants from the environment is one of the problems currently in focus globally. It is ironic and tragic that we continue to witness the horrendous environmental fallout of the Bhopal Gas tragedy that happened 25 years ago!
We all agree that bio-degradation is a natural process. An ecosystem can be defined by its threshold assimilative capacity for xenobiotic chemicals. Appropriate bio-stimulation can convert the xenobiotic chemical into a substrate for assimilation by microorganisms, thereby creating an opportunity for restoration of the habitat. Recent advancements in technology, particularly metagenomics, bring new awareness to research on microbial diversity and technical innovation that facilitates study of physiology and ecology of environmental microorganisms. Thus microbial communities are being used for environmental clean-up and for a wealth of other services to society.
This issue also includes articles on Biolfouling, a costly problem encountered in a wide spectrum of technical systems ranging from shipping industry to food industries. Our regular features included are research reports, online reports, abstracts, e-resources and events on microorganisms.
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World Environmental Day - 05 JUN 2010
ENVIS Centre Team
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