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Bio-tech seminar in Thiruvananthapuram

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Thiruvananthapuram , May 25

THE Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI) here is organising a seminar on `Microbial diversity: A source of innovation in biotechnology' from May 27, said Dr G.M. Nair, Director, TBGRI, at a press conference today.

The three-day event is expected to serve as a forum to discuss important issues related to microbial diversity, including the development of technology that facilitates the sustainable utilisation of India's natural resources, Dr Nair said. The seminar will also highlight the current research initiatives in India, he added.

Mr G. Karthikeyan, Minister for Food and Culture, Government of Kerala, will inaugurate the seminar, while Dr K. Dharmalingam of the Madurai Kamaraj University will deliver a special lecture on `Microbial diversity and genomics' at the inaugural session.

While the inaugural session of the event will be held at the Institute of Engineers auditorium in the city, the technical sessions of the seminar on May 28 and May 29 will be conducted at the TBGRI campus on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.

Over 150 delegates from across the country are scheduled to participate in the event. The areas to be covered include microbial diversity, agricultural microbiology, micro- bes in industry, environmental microbiology, microbes in food technology, bio-informatics and molecular biology.

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