Environmental Information System Node
on Microorganisms and Environment Management is continuously
building its database and disseminating them through
Microbes are small sized and ubiquitous
in nature. Because of their smaller size, they have
potentially high metabolic and growth activities. Hence
they are used in industrial applications, environmental
clean up programmes and to cure many human diseases.
However, after the well established features of modern
biotechnology, microbes are widely applied in many areas
including agriculture (e.g. composting, heat beds, coating
of seeds with nodulating bacteria, biopesticides), biomining
and bioleaching (e.g. the use of Thiobacillus for mining
and fuel desulfurization), bioremediation to improve
air, soil or water quality, or to clean up otherwise
intractable environmental contaminants and aquaculture
(elimination of toxic materials, degradation of uneaten
feed and providing nutrition to shell and finfishes).
The current issue carries an article
on microbial biodegradation potential of the environment.
In addition, the regular features such as articles/news
items in dailies/online, inhouse news and forthcoming
conference events. From this issue, we provided some
space for readers/microbiologists/environmentalists
to publish/share their research findings/endeavors and
also encouraged them to have an open discussion on the
topics assigned to us through our website and newsletter.
Also the node would welcome comments as well as suggestions
to improve this newsletter and activities .
Prof. N. Munuswamy