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Vol.8 ISSUE 2 APR - JUN 2010 - ISSN-0974-1550

Dear Readers,



It has become mandatory on the part of each nation to cut the consumption of green house gases to save the universe from climate change. The existing UN pact obliges 40 developed nations to begin reducing their green house gas usage. This pact is under print carbon market and is meant to foster a vast shift in investment towards cleaner energies.

However, emerging economies say that the rich have burnt most fossil fuels since the industrial resolution and must continue to lead extending Kyoto. Carbon offset markets worth $20 billion last year depend on Kyoto emission caps to drive developed countries to pay for cuts in green house gases in developing nations.

The recently held Cancun meeting resolved many agreements such as establishing a Green Climate fund! This would protect tropical forests and provide a way to share clean emerging technologies and help developing nations adapt to climate change.

This issue includes articles on the importance of Mycobacterium in environmental clean - up, role of bacteria in extenuating nitrogenous waste management in aquaculture and production of protease from tannery solid waste.

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Mycobacteria in environmental clean-up

M. Radhakrishnan, Vanaja Kumar and N. Selvakumar

Mitigating nitrogenous wastes in aquaculture

S.V. Alavandi

Production and characterization of thermotolerant alkaline serine protease from non pigmented Serratia marcescens ANFLR2 isolated from the gut of Labeo rohita


Hitchhiking bacteria can go against the flow      

Some trees ‘farm’ bacteria to help supply nutrients

Do our bodies bacteria play matchmaker !

World's largest, most complex marine virus is major player in Ocean ecosystems

Bacteria gauge cold with molecular measuring stick


Metal-mining bacteria are green chemists

Sewage water bacteria: ‘missing link’ in early evolution of life on Earth

House-sharing with microbes

Microorganisms in the ground don’t slack off in winter


Fungus turns ants into zombies

Green sink: molecular sponge to soak up CO2 

Glue from bacteria can ‘knit’ cracks in concrete

CO2 emitted per person by eating 

Abstracts of Recent Publications

Important E-resources on Microorganisms


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