A vast biodiversity
of marine microbial communities have enormous potential
to degrade the wastes and pollutants as to have a healthy
and vibrant environment for the welfare of the mankind.
The need for the updated information and technologies
are the major concern to the researchers and environmentalists.
In order to have a national/global level network on
environmental quality and management, the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, Government of India has set
up an ENVIS Node on “Microorganisms and Environment
Management” in the Department of Zoology, University
of Madras in June 2002. Since then, it has been collecting
data/information on microorganisms and their various
activities in the environmental degradation and management.
These data and the information collected by us on the
assigned subject have been well collated and disseminated
through the ENVIS Centre website: www.envismadrasuniv.org;
www.dzumenvis.nic.in. Because of the Node’s voluminous
data/information on microorganisms, effective dissemination,
efficient query responses and active services to the
user community, Ministry of Environment and Forests,
Government of India has upgraded the EMCB-ENVIS Node
as ENVIS Centre from February 2005.
After the up-gradation of the Node
into a Centre, we bring out the issues of newsletter
by every year with original research articles, reports,
abstracts, forthcoming conferences/symposia and useful
web addresses on the chosen theme to the benefit of
readers, researchers, environmentalists etc. Readers
are requested to give their suggestions and comments
to improve our services and activities.
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