‘Most of microbes left to be studied’ - The New Indian Express

‘Most of microbes left to be studied’

Published: 24th November 2012 12:56 PM

Last Updated: 24th November 2012 12:56 PM

Around 12 million people die worldwide of microbe-related diseases, yet over 95 per cent of the existing microbes are waiting to be studied and analysed, said Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) president LV Rao at the 53rd annual conference of AMI at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) on Friday.

AMI is conducting its 53rd conference in Bhubaneswar after 12 years with the theme of ‘Microbial World: Recent Innovations and Future Trends.’ “This topic has been chosen at the right time and would let us know about the recent happenings about the world of microbiology and the future scenario,” said Rao. He added that the young microbiologists need to take greater interest in the workings of AMI and go deeper into the study of microbes.

Governor MC Bhandare, the chief guest of the event, in a lighter vein mentioned that he did not know much about microbiology other than algae, bacteria and virus and they affect health, food, agriculture and industrial development. “I feel good to know that scientists and scholars from many countries are participating in the conference to discuss the recent innovations and future trend of the study of microbiologists,” said Bhandare. 

The science societies across the world like AMI and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) play a very important role in educating the common people on scientific developments. This was  elaborated by ASM president Jeff F Miller.  “Other than facing global challenges, science societies collectively use their voices to inform governments on policy matters, increase public awareness, understanding of major scientific issues and also help garner public support for any cause,” explained Miller. He also added that the diplomatic value of these societies is immense.

It has become increasingly important to give more attention to the field of microbiology. The three major microbe- related disease in India are malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. “The microbial world is fast developing and tapping into that growth is crucial. A bacteria causes disease if the host genetics supports the bacteria to house itself in the system,” said Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Prof Seyed E Hasnain.

Technical sessions on various topics of microbiology would be a part of the  conference. KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta delivered the welcome address. A book  ‘Abstract’ was also released. AMI general secretary TK Adhya and KIIT Vice-Chancellor PP Mathur were present.

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