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Vol.13 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2014

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol.13 ISSUE 1 Jan. - Mar. 2015 - ISSN-0974-1550

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New Year Greetings - 2015!


          Afforestation is the planting of commercially important trees, usually on waste lands. This differs from reafforestation which is the restocking of depleted forests and woodlands. In India, controlling of Carbon emission is very much challenging for the policy makers and considering the need of afforestation in India, many governmental, private and NGOs are engaged to create new forests through afforestation method to maximize the carbon capture or control the soil erosion. The importance of mycorrhizal colonization can also be extended for the plantation in eroded lands, afforestation and reclamation of soils in waste lands. A proper understanding of energy dynamics, in terms of organic matter turnover and bioavailability for heterotrophic microbial communities in soil, is fundamental for remediation of terrestrial ecosystem.

          Carbon balance in terrestrial ecosystem is highly dependent on microbial populations, which are responsible for substantial amount of the carbon flux from terrestrial to atmospheric system. Microbial growth in soil depends on combination of limiting factors interacting at the soil microsites, where microbes are found. The structure of a soil microbial community is therefore determined by many variables, but primarily by energy supply.

          In this context, the present issue includes an article on the presence of beneficial microbes in the rhizophere of different tree species planted in the afforded sites. Other interesting information on how bacteria connect each other, facts about the deadly disease, swine flu are also included.

Prof. N. Munuswamy

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World Forestry Day (Mar. 21st, 2015)

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Study on the status of beneficial microbes from afforested textile and urban waste water polluted sites in Tirupur district, Tamil Nadu, South India

V. Mohan and K. Saranya Devi 


Bacteria connect to each other and exchange nutrients

Nanobombs Terminate Foodborne Microbes


Key Facts about Swine Influenza

Gut bacteria byproduct linked to chronic kidney disease for the first time

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


Tit Bits

World Wetlands Day (February 02nd, 2015)




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