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Vol.11 ISSUE 2 APR. - JUN. 2013

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol.11 ISSUE 2 APR. - JUN. 2013 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



The accelerated development of human society and its ever increasing demand for more and more energy has eventually enhanced the thirst for fossil fuels, in spite of their ever increasing cost and atmospheric pollution. Some alternatives to fossil fuel are solar energy, algae based crude oil, bio-diesel, wind energy and ethanol made from corn. Research into these alternatives has been underway for many years and Biofuel is found to be a natural remedy for this thirst and important to our society. In ancient days, gasoline and diesel were considered  as biofuels. But they are known as fossil fuels because they are made from decomposed plants and animals buried in the ground for millions of years. Biofuels are similar, but they are made from plants grown today. Biofuel is produced from biological material that has just died. Essentially, biofuel is produced using ethanol from naturally grown plant materials and animal oil/fats, such as corn, corn cob, sugar cane, soybeans, flaxseed, rapeseed, vegetable oils, waste cooking oils, animal fats, tall oil and even cow manure etc.

Besides, certain microorganisms are capable of solubilising all plant components – including cellulose, glucose and lignin, which are extremely difficult to break down – at the same time and at similar rates, for bio-fuel production.

In this issue, microbes on the biofuel production, molecular switch for low cost biofuel production, three dimensional model of microbes and other updated informations, abstracts and events on microbes are included.

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Diversity of Halophic bacteria from the solar salterns of Kelambakkam, Southeast coast of India

V. Krishnakumar, G. Karuna Sagaran and N. Munuswamy


Molecular switch for cheaper biofuel

Microbial team turns corn stalks and leaves into better biofuel


One company’s waste is another company’s feedstock

Three-Dimensional model of bacterium created


Bacteria can help farmers to use less potash

Fuelling change

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


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