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Vol.3 :October 2005

Dear Readers



A vast biodiversity of marine microbial communities have enormous potential to degrade the wastes and pollutants as to have a healthy and vibrant environment for the welfare of the mankind. The need for the updated information and technologies are the major concern to the researchers and environmentalists. In order to have a national/global level network on environmental quality and management, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has set up an ENVIS Node on “Microorganisms and Environment Management” in the Department of Zoology, University of Madras in June 2002. Since then, it has been collecting data/information on microorganisms and their various activities in the environmental degradation and management. These data and the information collected by us on the assigned subject have been well collated and disseminated through the ENVIS Centre website: www.envismadrasuniv.org; www.dzumenvis.nic.in. Because of the Node’s voluminous data/information on microorganisms, effective dissemination, efficient query responses and active services to the user community, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has upgraded the EMCB-ENVIS Node as ENVIS Centre from February 2005.

After the up-gradation of the Node into a Centre, we bring out this first issue of the newsletter with original research articles, reports, abstracts, forthcoming conferences/symposia and useful web addresses on the chosen theme to the benefit of readers, researchers, environmentalists etc. Readers are requested to give their suggestions and comments to improve our services and activities.

Prof. N. Munuswamy

Vice-Chancellor Foreword
Original Research Articles
Soil Microbial Diversity and the Impact of Agricultural Practices
B. Venkateswarlu and Ch. Srinivasarao

Biodegradation of Plastic and Polymer Waste – short communication
D. Dhanasekaran, J. Vidhyalakshmi, G. Rajakumar, A. Panneerselvam and N. Thajuddin

Reports on Microbes and its Various Activities
Microorganisms Break Down Toxic Pesticide

Global Warming plus Natural bacteria could release vast carbon deposits currently stored in Arctic Soil

Ultraviolet radiation damages Antarctic marine microbes

Right Blend of Microbes and Plants can clean up Toxic Spills

Important E-resources on Microorganisms

In House News

Readers’ Page

Recent Publications on Microorganisms and Environment Management

Conference Calendar – 2005-2006

About World Environment Day 2005

Prof. N. Munuswamy

Dr. N. Godhantaraman
Scientist –D

Mr. P. Subramaniyam
Information Officer

Ms. Vijaya Lakshimi
Junior Information Officer

Mr. D. Siva Arun

Editorial Board
Dr. N. Godhantaraman


World Environment Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly on the same day, led to the creation of United Nations Environment Programming (UNEP).Since then, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulate Worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
World Environment Day theme for 2005
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