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Vol. 17 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2019

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol. 17 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2019 - ISSN-0974-1550

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          From the Coordinator’s Desk!

         Since industrialization, highly toxic organic and inorganic compounds such as fuels, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, dyes, heavy metals etc. have been synthesized and released in the environment for direct or indirect application. Removal of these contaminants and restoring the environment is a difficult task. Though various methods are available, the catabolic versatility from biological process of microorganisms, plants, insects etc. to degrade or convert such pollutants is ecofriendly and reliable, by a process known as bioremediation and biodegradation. Keeping this in mind, researchers have identified many potential organisms that could be used for environmental remediation yet it is only upto laboratory levels and requires practical demonstration to assignment its efficiency in fields. An article in the present issue has identified two algae that could be used in remediation being isolated from the polluted environment.
         In addition, other interesting topics such as microorganisms working together to clean polluted land, removal of EDCs from waste water using algae, protection against arsenic toxicity by gut microbiome, climate change in evolution of ecosystems and many more are included.

Dr. C. Arulvasu

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Potential algal species for phycoremediation of pharmaceutical industrial effluents from Kandigai, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu

G. K. Saravanan, R. Banupriya L. Ramya and S. Elumalai


Plants, fungi and bacteria work together to clean polluted land

Researchers remove harmful hormones from Las Vegas wastewater using green algae

Gut microbiome protects against acute arsenic toxicity


Heavy metal planet fragment survives destruction from dead star

Using tiny organisms to unlock big environmental mysteries


Climate-driven evolution in trees alters their ecosystems

Novel insights into soil biodiversity, Earth's global engine

The paper mulberry coevolved with soil microbes to humanity's benefit

Abstract of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms




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