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VOL.9 ISSUE 1 JAN - MAR 2011 - ISSN-0974-1550


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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

VOL.9 ISSUE 1 JAN - MAR 2011 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



Happy New Year 2011!

Welcome to the International year of Forests, 2011. The livelihood of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests and it is a home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity. It is our major concern to strengthen the conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

Forests play a vital role in the global carbon cycle: they act as carbon stores, absorbing greenhouse gases and maintaining forest ecosystems, thus helping to increase our resilience to climate change. A healthy natural forest is a self - sustaining system made up of a complex web of relationships. Besides, plants in the forest interact with the soil and its microbes which are important parts of the overall ecosystem. Microbes, especially bacteria and fungi, are of great importance because of their mutualistic/ symbiotic association.

This issue carries articles on plant microbe associations for ecological restoration and the importance of Acinetobacter as a nosocomial pathogen; other information on genomic comparison of ocean microbes and bioremediation of oil spill by bacteria are note worthy.


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Stressed and degraded habitats - a  repository of novel plant-microbe     associations useful for ecological restoration

Radhey Shyam Sharma


Acinetobacter baumannii: emerging nosocomial pathogen

Moganty R Rajeswari and Jitendra Vashist



Genomic comparison of ocean microbes reveals East-West divide in populations


UV light nearly doubles vacuum’s effectiveness in reducing carpet microbes     




Detecting pathogens in waterways: an improved approach


Like humans, amoebae pack a lunch before they travel




Bacteria ate up methane from Gulf spill, say scientists


Abstract of Recent Publication

Important E-resources on Microorganisms



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