Happy New Year 2011!
Welcome to the International year of Forests, 2011. The livelihood of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests and it is a home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity. It is our major concern to strengthen the conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.
Forests play a vital role in the global carbon cycle: they act as carbon stores, absorbing greenhouse gases and maintaining forest ecosystems, thus helping to increase our resilience to climate change. A healthy natural forest is a self - sustaining system made up of a complex web of relationships. Besides, plants in the forest interact with the soil and its microbes which are important parts of the overall ecosystem. Microbes, especially bacteria and fungi, are of great importance because of their mutualistic/ symbiotic association.
This issue carries articles on plant microbe associations for ecological restoration and the importance of Acinetobacter as a nosocomial pathogen; other information on genomic comparison of ocean microbes and bioremediation of oil spill by bacteria are note worthy.
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World Environment Day - 5th June 2011
ENVIS Centre Team
Dr. T. Sathish Kumar
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