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Vol. 16 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2018

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol. 16 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2018 - ISSN-0974-1550

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          From the Coordinator’s Desk!

         From the Coordinator’s Desk! Dear Readers, Greetings!
         Keeping in mind about the challenges faced by our environment in the present decade due to the human activity researcher look for remedy in an ecofriendly way from various biological sources. The blue green algae, cyanobacteria are prokaryotes that inhabit a wide variety of habitats as free living, epiphytic, symbiotic or parasitic plants. Cyanobacteria offer many useful features such as oxygenic photosynthesis, high biomass yield, growth on non-arable lands, generation of useful by-products and bio-fuels, production of antibiotics, growth on wide variety of water sources (contaminated and polluted waters), enhancing the soil fertility, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and as a food source have collectively offered these bio-agents as the precious bio-resource for sustainable development. Cyanobacterial biomass is a source of an effective bio-fertilizer to improve soil physico-chemical characteristics such as water-holding capacity and mineralization of the degraded lands. The unique characteristics of cyanobacteria include their ubiquity presence, short generation time and capability to fix the atmospheric Nitrogen. This makes cyanobacteria to be used increasingly in bioprocess engineering similar to prokaryotes and other organisms.
         In the above context, the present issue contains a review article on emerging biotechnological potential of marine cyanobacteria along with other interesting topics such as effect of climate change on marine food web, green sunscreen for the summer, discovery of world’s oldest oxygen oasis, fungal enzymes in making renewable energy from wood and many more.

Dr. C. Arulvasu

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Emerging biotechnological potential of marine cyanobacteria

N. Thajuddin, D. MubarakAli and G. Subramanian


Climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

Arming CRISPR/Cas systems with enzyme that also controls translation of genetic information into protein


World’s oldest known oxygen oasis discovered


Getting ready for the summer sun with 'green' sunscreens



Biomarkers helped solving the mystery of 500-million-year-old macroorganisms


Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood



Humpback microbiome linked to seasonal, environmental changes

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms



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