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VOL.9 ISSUES 2&3 APR & JUL 2011 - ISSN-0974-1550


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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

VOL.9 ISSUES 2&3 APR & JUL 2011 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



This year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected India as host of World Environment Day, 2011. “Forest: Nature at your service” is the Environment Day slogan. Forest cover one third of the Earth’s land mass and play a key role in our battle against climate change and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere while storing carbon dioxide.


Natural products from the environment play an important role throughout the world in treating human diseases. Medicines from natural products have come from various source materials including plants and microorganisms. The plant and algal group comprise of many species of medicinal value, which are yet to be explored. The development of resistance of pathogens against antibiotics has become a difficult issue, hence the demand for new and effective antimicrobial agents from natural sources are increasing day by day.


In recent years, more research is being carried out  on the environmental wastage. Researchers are constantly looking for solutions to this ever-growing problem. The fine solution is the introduction of biodegradable products. The new class of bio-based and biodegradable plastics are on the rise in all levels of society and industry. This issue includes articles on anti-hepatitis activity of marine brown alga and current trends and future prospects of bio-plastics. Other interesting reports on microorganisms are also available.


We sincerely look forward to your suggestions and feedbacks. Please do mail us at

Prof. N. Munuswamy

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International Biodiversity Day - 22nd May 2011

ENVIS Centre Team

Prof. N. Munuswamy

Dr. T. Sathish Kumar
Scientist – D

Mr. T. Tamilvanan
Programme Officer

Mr. D. Siva Arun
Programme Asstt.

Mr. M. Manirajan
Data Entry Operator

Editorial Board
Dr.T. Sathish Kumar

Strong anti hepatitis B virus activity of Padina tetrastromatica, a marine brown alga

S. Dinesh, M. Lavanya, M. Jeevan, V. Mythily and M. Elanchezhiyan


Bioplastics : Current trends and future prospects

S. Priyanka and R. Rajam



E. coli engineered to produce record - setting amounts of alternative fuel


Novel microorganism ‘Nitrososphaera viennensis’ isolated




Jellyfish blooms shunt food energy from fish to bacteria


Hunting for deadly bacteria




New antibiotic fished out of sea


‘Harmless’ soil bacteria can destroy tumours


Abstract of Recent Publication

Important E-resources on Microorganisms



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