The Department of Microbiology of Bharathidasan University has built a Mobile Taxonomy Laboratory for carrying out freshwater cyanobacterial, microalgal biodiversity and taxonomical studies.
V.M.Muthukumar, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the laboratory, funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), on Thursday.
The DBT has sanctioned Rs.1.43 crore through an Indo-UK Collaborative research project to N.Thajuddin, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology. The mobile laboratory purchased from the project funds will be useful for exploring fresh water microbial wealth of the country from which potential microalgal species will be identified and utilised for various applications such as natural colourants, biodiesel production, and biopharmaceuticals.
The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art field equipment worth Rs.8.00 lakh for studying the eco-biology of the environment. The laboratory will also be helpful in the identification of the biodiversity of microalgae in the environment.
The laboratory can also be utilised for ongoing projects such as CO2 sequestration, algal blooms, quorum quenching compounds, and biodiesel production from microalgae.
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