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Microbial technology for a sustainable future

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“Bring scientists working on this field on common platform”

Crucial role:P. Gunasekaran, Vice-Chancellor, Thiruvalluvar University, addressing a conference at Gandhigram Rural Institute near Dindigulon Friday.— Photo: G. Karthikeya
Crucial role:P. Gunasekaran, Vice-Chancellor, Thiruvalluvar University, addressing a conference at Gandhigram Rural Institute near Dindigulon Friday.— Photo: G. Karthikeya

Microbial technology has been playing a crucial role for sustainable development in many fields and it is imperative to create a common platform for all scientists across the country so as to carve out a road map for future research in this field.

This was highlighted at a national conference on microbial technology for sustainable development held at Gandhigram Rural Institute near here on Friday.

In his inaugural address, Thiruvalluvar University Vice-Chancellor P. Gunasekaran said that microbial technology has great impact on therapeutics and other fields. As only one per cent of micro organisms can be cultured more research on microbes would certainly improve sustainability, he advised.

In his address, Gandhigram Rural Institute Vice Chancellor SM Ramasamy said that microbial technology has been addressing major challenges especially in sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, human health, energy and environment. At the same time, it has its own danger owing to introduction of new microbes and creation of hybrid microbes. Hence, it was necessary to bring all scientists working on this field on a common platform to share their experiences and to carve out a road map for future research, he said.

Sustainability would help society feed itself. The country has to utilise its own natural resources to provide food, feed, fertiliser, fuel and energy, he added.

University of Hyderabad Professor M.N.V. Prasad said that bio mediation was a biological intervention of biodiversity for mitigation of noxious effects caused by environmental pollutants. Bio-mediation would accelerate desired catalytic capabilities and remove unwanted compounds from the biosphere, he noted.

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