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Vol.14 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2016

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol.14 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2016 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



          Biodegradation is nature's way of recycling wastes, or breaking down organic matter, carried out by living microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, insects, worms etc., into nutrients. In nature, the waste products from one organism become the food for others. Thus everything gets recycled and there is no waste. The term biodegradation is often used in relation to ecology, waste management and mostly associated with environmental remediation.
          In the last few decades, highly toxic organic compounds, like fuels, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, dyes and heavy metals, have been synthesized and released into the environment for direct or indirect application. Biological processes play a major role in the removal of contaminants and take advantage of the catabolic versatility of microorganisms to degrade or convert such compounds. In this issue, a review of microbial degradation of cyanide waste is included.
          In addition, other interesting topics such as plastic-munching bacteria, oil degrading bacteria, discovery of CRISPR like immune system in virus are included.

Prof. N. Munuswamy

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Prodigious action of microbes on poisonous ravage waste degradation

Angayarkanni Jayaraman*, Thandeeswaran Murugesan, Nisshanthini Durairaj, Karunya Jairaman and Muthusamy Palaniswamy


CRISPR-like ‘immune’ system discovered in giant virus

New plastic-munching bacteria could fuel a recycling revolutionNew plastic-munching bacteria could fuel a recycling revolution


New method for converting solar energy into electrical power using photo-bioelectrochemical cells

Oil dispersants can suppress natural oil-degrading microorganisms, new study shows


Alcohol allows bacteria to infiltrate into liver: study

Subsurface carbon dioxide storage: Risks for biogeochemical cycles in the soil

Ocean acidification takes a toll on California's coastline at night time

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


Tit Bits

World Meteorological Day (23rd, March, 2016)


World Water Day (22nd, March, 2016)


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