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Vol. 16 ISSUE 3 Jul. - Sep. 2018

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol. 16 ISSUE 3 Jul. - Sep. 2018 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



          From the Coordinator’s Desk!

         Algae are a diverse group that ranges from microscopic organisms such as cyanobacteria to macroscopic organisms such as seaweeds. Many researches are made on algal biology such as phylogeny, biodiversity, molecular traits, metabolic regulation, genetic engineering, algal cultivation etc. Algae are building up more interests as they are excellent source for many natural products such as food sources, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, bio-plastics and many more. They do not use up any land space when mass cultured and some species could be grown even in sewage treatment plants where they take part in bioremediation and biodegradation of pollutants in water that is treated. Moreover, algae are the largest primary producers of the aquatic ecosystems and are the major source of oxygen producers on the Earth. Nevertheless, there remain many untapped potentials from algae.
         The present issue is themed on the algae and includes an article on algal diversity and its uses along with other interesting topics such as use of blue-green algae to help boost food crop yield, genetic basis for how harmful algae blooms become toxic, harnessing energy from algae and enzyme how could they help accelerate biofuel production, alteration of ecosystem with change in algae and many more interesting topics on above theme.

Dr. C. Arulvasu

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Algal diversity and its uses – a review

N. Kathirvel and Arul Kumar. M


Blue-green algae promises to help boost food crop yields

Genetic basis for how harmful algae blooms become toxic

Algae have land genes


Harnessing energy from algae: Enzyme could help accelerate biofuel production

Reducing nitrogen inputs prevents algal blooms in lakes

Slimy chemical clues: Changing algae could alter ecosystems


Southern California coast emerges as a toxic algae hot spot

Gut bacteria byproduct protects against Salmonella, study finds

Abstract of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms




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