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New bacterium found in Sunderbans

21 December 2010

KOLKATA: A team of city-based scientists researching on microbial biodiversity in the Sunderbans has stumbled upon a new bacteria category that has immense potential for use in pharmaceutical and chemicals industry. The discovery also establishes the biotechnological potential of microbial diversity of the Sunderbans.

The team of scientists, led by Joydeep Mukherjee, director of School of Environmental Studies at Jadavpur University, and Parasuraman Jaisankar, senior scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, used cutting-edge science to identify the bacterial species Streptomyces sundarbansensis isolated from the mud flats of Lothian Island in the Namkhana block of the Sunderbans biosphere reserve. Meyyappan Arumugam, Anindita Mitra, Arnab Pramanik, Malay Saha and Ratan Gachhui are the other scientists who participated in the project.

Scientists and pharma companies all over the world are interested in Streptomyces as it is the single-biggest source of clinically-useful antibiotics of natural origin. Streptomyces sundarbansensis produces a natural compound (2-allyloxyphenol) that is a key intermediate in manufacturing drugs like anti-depressants and chemicals like epoxy adhesives. At present, 2-allyloxyphenol is prepared through a synthetic process that isn’t environment friendly…….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/New-bacterium-found-in-Sunderbans/articleshow/7135946.cms#ixzz18iKps200

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Written by csirindia

December 21, 2010 at 9:11 am

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