Biodiversity matters simply because without it we would not exist. However, this naturally balanced web of interdependence has suffered a lot due to an explosion in human population and a spike in the demand for natural resources.
Already facing the worst water crisis in history, India ranks 120 among 122 countries in the water quality index, with the situation slated to get far worse. Projections state that the demand for water will be twice the available supply by 2030.
Heavy metals are nothing but any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high molecular weight. But unlike normal metals, they are toxic or poisonous even at very low concentrations. Moreover, they have a propensity to accumulate in selective body organs and cause irreversible damage.
Pollution is a problem which exists in every part of the developed and developing world which further causes harm to the ecosystem. Cleaning up of such contaminated sites is a must to nurture human health and environment.
The horizon for treatment of wastewater has expanded with the Namami Gange Project. Bioremediation with the help of microbes is the simple and most effective way out.
We read about radioactivity and its possible hazards in a previous post. We also learnt about a bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans and its ability to survive high intensity radiation, which is otherwise lethal to all life forms. This article features the applications of the strain in bioremediation of radioactive waste as well as sites.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which began on April 20, 2010, is the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. It is purported to be 8-31% larger than the previous largest spill, Ixtoc 1 oil spill. The US government estimated the overall discharge at 4.9 million barrels or 210 million US gallons.
Our microbial technology Bioclean BD is now accredited By “Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India”. We believe it is the only sustainable microbial technology addressing sanitation woes under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Use of Bioclean BD creates a massive positive impact on communities, institutions and society at large. The social impact of this technology was assessed by ‘TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES’ as well.
The world we see today has come into existence through a journey of evolution for millions of years, leaving biodiversity as its trail. Biodiversity represents the variety of life on earth and the various forms of their associations. We are completely dependant upon this network of life, which we are an integral part of.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”
We often wonder of the world beyond our skies, heavenly bodies and extra terrestrial life; but we seldom stop and think of the bountiful universe beneath our feet. We have this universe to thank, for the food we eat, the clean air we breathe, quite literally for our very existence. Along with organic matter, decaying material and inorganic components of the soil, are present billions of lively microbes that are responsible for the continuos replenishment of our soils.