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Vol. 18 Issue 4 Oct. - Dec. 2020

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol. 18 Issue 4 Oct. - Dec. 2020 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



          From the Coordinator’s Desk!

Dear Readers,

I wish you all a Happy New Year 2021 and Seasons Greetings!

         This year, we all have gone through some tough time combating COVID-19 pandemic and the glad news is that we have contained the COVID-19 disease effectively. The planet has provided us with everything and sometimes we have exploited it more than it provides. At present, we are at an exceptional time where the nature is sending us message that if we need to care for ourselves, we must take care of nature itself. In our country, there is air pollution beyond measurement at our capital due to burning of agriculture waste at nearby states, floods in the cities due to encroachment of lakes and rivers, pollution of water bodies, reduction of forest covers in major cities due to rapid developments and so on. These are only few of the stress that our country’s environment faces. The impact is seen through reduced population in our flora and fauna, while some have gone extinct. Though at present we all are aware of these environmental issues and to some extent we as an individual take effort to reduce them, yet, these are not sufficient. It is time we act collectively and I hope that will definitely improve the quality of the environment at an increased pace.

         Each newsletter published by us has a unique article and this issue also has an article on plant and microbial pathogen interaction. Apart from the article there are information on various interesting topics such vaccine adjuvant strengthening immune response, detecting COVID-19 infection using a sensor at home, fats inside our cells fight bacteria, and many more. I hope you will find this issue also very interesting to you.

Dr. C. Arulvasu

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