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Vol.13 ISSUE 4 Oct. - Dec. 2015

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Department of Zoology, University of Madras
Chennai, India

Vol.13 ISSUE 4 Oct. - Dec. 2015 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



          Enzymes are biocatalysts of a specific biochemical reaction and are highly specific in their action on substrates. Certain enzymes are of special interest and are utilized as organic catalysts in numerous processes on an industrial scale due to their environmental friendly nature, high specificity, wide diversity of reactions etc. Microbial enzymes are known to be superior enzymes obtained from different microorganisms and they can be manipulated genetically to obtain desired characteristics of a biocatalyzer. Additionally, the substrates used in the cultural medium are sustainable and industrial residuals can be used to produce value-added products. Various molecular techniques have also been applied to improve the quality and performance of microbial enzymes for their wider applications in many industries such as food, textile, leather, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, fine chemicals, energy, biomaterials, paper etc.
          The enzymes also have good capability of remediation of many compounds that are unfriendly to the present environmental condition. A large number of enzymes from bacteria, fungi, and plants have been reported to be involved in the biodegradation of toxic organic pollutants. Research pertaining to this topic would contribute towards developing advanced bioprocess technology to reduce the toxicity of the pollutants.
          In this issue, a review article on microbial enzyme technology for pollution abatement in leather industry, reports on the formulation of ultra-stable enzyme, malaria-blocking mosquitoes and other information are included.

Prof. N. Munuswamy

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Microbial Enzyme Technology for pollution abatement in Leather Industry

R. Puvanakrishnan


Gut microbes signal to the brain when they're full

New information about bacterial enzymes to help scientists develop more effective antibiotics, cancer drugs


Scientists create genetically modified malaria-blocking mosquitoes

Cockroaches communicate via bacteria in their feces


A new class of ultra-stable enzyme formulations for industrial applications

Chennai floods due to climate change?

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


Tit Bits

International Day of Climate Action (24th, October, 2015)


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