|This year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected India as host of World Environment Day, 2011. “Forest: Nature at your service” is the Environment Day slogan. Forest cover one third of the Earth’s land mass and play a key role in our battle against climate change and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide.
Natural products from the environment play an important role throughout the world in treating human diseases. Medicines from natural products have come from various source materials including plants and microorganisms. The plant and algal group comprise of many species of medicinal value, which are yet to be explored. The development of resistance of pathogens against antibiotics has become a difficult issue, hence the demand for new and effective antimicrobial agents from natural sources are increasing day by day.
In recent years, more research is being carried out on the environmental wastage. Researchers are constantly looking for solutions to this ever-growing problem. The fine solution is the introduction of biodegradable products. The new class of bio-based and biodegradable plastics are on the rise in all levels of society and industry. This issue includes articles on anti-hepatitis activity of marine brown alga and current trends and future prospects of bio-plastics. Other interesting reports on microorganisms are also available.
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International Biodiversity Day - 22nd May 2011
ENVIS Centre Team
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