About the Division

Microbes are of critical importance to the sustainability of life on Earth, including recycling of elements, maintenance of climate, and degradation of wastes. Discoveries of microbial diversity expand the frontiers of knowledge about the limits and strategies of life. Microbial diversity represents the largest untapped reservoir of biodiversity for potential discovery of new biotechnology products, such as biopharmaceuticals, new enzymes, or organisms that carry out novel processes. Microbes often have key roles in conservation of “higher” organisms and in restoration of degraded ecosystems.

The Division of Microbiology is a lead centre for advancing knowledge and understanding of the microbial domains for industrial application. The focus of the Division is on basic, applied and strategic research on microorganisms of industrial importance. Since its inception, the Division has contributed extensively on the isolation and selection of several organisms of industrial importance. The research at the laboratory has a broad yet integrated focus in various topics. These topics range from such industrially relevant subjects such as microbial enzymes, antimicrobials to more basic research topics associated with for example documentation of foliar mycobionts, lichens, molecular phylogeny etc. More importantly, the Division contributes to the human resource development. The faculty of the Division offers research guidance for students for their master’s, technical and doctoral degrees.

Objectives of the Division:

  • Organize programme for the collection of microorganisms from every possible ecological niche including extreme environments in the Western Ghats
  • Establishment of culture collection/genebank for the ex-situ conservation of microbial wealth of Western Ghats
  • Conduct research to determine potential use of these organisms for industrial applications etc
  • Sustainable exploitation of the microbes for the betterment of society in the form of new therapeutics and industrially valuable products
  • Function as a nodal agency to train young microbiologists and researchers to conduct research in allied areas

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