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:
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
After the up-gradation of the Node into a Centre,
we bring out this first issue of the newsletter
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.
Prof. N. Munuswamy