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Bengaluru | May 21, 2020
Local bacteria may outcompete introduced ones, affecting chickpea yield

Did you know that a humble bacterium influences  chickpea's yield?  While chickpea is believed to have come to India from Turkey a few centuries ago, from where did it get its microbe partner? Did the original rhizobium strain from Turkey hitch a ride along with its host, or did it find other local strains here? In a recent study, an international collaboration of researchers, including those from India, may have answers.

 

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Sep 17, 2019
 Bacterial remedy for the toxic pesticide Carbaryl

Carbaryl is one of the commonly used pesticides for agricultural as well as non-agricultural use. But like any other insecticide, higher concentrations of Carbaryl in the soil can have adverse effects on humans and other organisms. The need to completely remove it from the environment or break it down into less harmful substances is of primary importance. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), Delhi, have achieved a significant breakthrough in identifying bacteria which can clean up this pesticide from the environment and understanding exactly how the breakdown occurs.

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Bengaluru | Sep 10, 2019
https://gh.bmj.com/content/4/2/e001315.abstract

Antibiotics, drugs used to treat bacterial infections, have been pivotal in curing many bacterial diseases since its discovery in 1928. However, an emerging threat to using them is the rise of bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics. In a recent study, a team of researchers have used Drug Resistance Index (DRI) to measure the effectiveness of antibiotics against specific bacteria.

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Kolkata | Feb 13, 2019
IISER Kolkata and McMaster University, Canada, studied a model of coexistence among bacteria

Researchers from IISER Kolkata and McMaster University, Canada, have studied a model of coexistence among bacteria.

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Mumbai | Feb 7, 2019
Research by IITB uses silver nanoparticles made with fungus to fight against bacteria

Researchers from IITB, have synthesised silver nanoparticles with antibacterial properties extracted from a type of dung-loving fungi.

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Bengaluru | Feb 4, 2019
Scientists from ICAR-NDRI, Karnal, observed the competition between natural gut bacteria and pathogenic bacteria to produce microbeads that have the potential to fight pathogenic bacteria.

Scientists from ICAR-NDRI, Karnal, have observed the competition between our natural gut bacteria and pathogenic bacteria closely. They have identified some proteins involved in this interaction and have also produced microbeads, embedded with these proteins, that have the potential for oral administration to fight pathogenic bacteria. 

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Delhi | Nov 25, 2018
Photo: Annie, Gubbi Labs

Scientists from IIT Delhi have developed a platform to detect bacterial growth using fluorescent carbon nanoparticles.

 

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Sikkim | Nov 2, 2018

The mountainous state of Sikkim and its famous Yumthang hot spring now has another distinction—the abode of Geobacillus yumthangensis, a new species of bacteria. In a recent study, researchers from the Sikkim University, Gangtok, and the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, have isolated a new species of bacteria from the waters of the hot spring.

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Bengaluru | Jul 17, 2018

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, display how a class of toxins, called the pore-forming toxins, work to destroy our cells.

General, Health, Deep-dive
Kharagpur | Apr 10, 2018

Researchers from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in West Bengal, with support from Department of Biotechnology, Government of India,have shown that the one way to efficiently deal with oil sludge, is to cultivate suitable microbes using nutrients, which then disintegrate the contaminants in the sludge.

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