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Conference Report

International Conference on ' Microbial Diversity : Current Perspective and Potential Applications' was held in the Department of Microbiology, University of Delhi from 16-18 April 2005. Over 350 Indian and foreign delegates comprising scientists, researchers and teachers have attended the conference. This represented microbiologists from all geographical locales of the country and across the regions. There were sixty oral and over 200 poster presentations during the three days of the conference and released a book entitled ' Microbial Diversity: Current Perspectives and Potential Applications' was published by I.K. International Publishing House Private Limited, New Delhi . This book contains as many as 60 articles written by experts. Many renowned microbiologists participated and delivered lecturers on microbial diversity with related bioactive compounds, environment management, human and animal health

A panel of ten experts, under the Chairmanship of Dr. B.N. Ganguli, discussed at length the various facets of microbial diversity and formulated the following recommendations based on the deliberations:

  • The awareness on microbial diversity be encouraged throughout the country and studies on the diversity and its applications be supported and strengthened.

  • A network of centres be created so that the microbial diversity studies can be translated into active gene pool as a resource. Such cultures must be available and deposited in a recognized culture collection.

  • Microbial diversity studies must emphasize on polyphasic approaches to taxonomy, ecology and microbial community dynamics.

  • A series of similar conferences/symposia must be organized on microbial diversity and its applications at regular intervals at various centres in the country.

  • At least three centres of excellence on microbial diversity may be created. One for Human resource development in microbial diversity, the second for microbial taxonomy,and the third to concentrate on the applications of microbes in every aspect of our lives.

Courtesy- Thanks to Prof. Dr. T. Satyanarayana, Organizing Secretary, Department of Microbiology, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi - 110021.
E-mail: tsnarayana@gmail.com, tsnarayana@vsnl.net

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