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New found bacteria get Indian nomenclatures

13 November 2011

Indibacter Alkaliphilus, Pedobacter Himalayensis, Bacillus Aryabhattai, Sphingobacterium Antarcticus — don’t get intimidated by the high-sounding scientific names. If you notice closely, many of them are associated with India.

Named in honour of the country, the imposing Himalayas, Aryabhatta and the icy continent of Antarctica, these are among the 70 bacteria discovered from diverse habitats ranging from the cold regions of Antarctica, Arctic, stratosphere and ancient Lonar lake (in Maharashtra) that was formed when a meteorite hit the earth millions of years ago and the deep sea.

Led by Dr. S. Shivaji, Director-grade scientist from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), the researchers have discovered these bacteria over the past decade, including five this year……

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2622358.ece

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Written by csirindia

November 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Posted in CCMB

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