Recent news regarding the pink bollworm epidemic in the cotton growing belt has left the cotton growing belt of Maharashtra aghast and disappointed. The recent farmer deaths have been attributed to the illicit use of pesticides as a last ditch effort to save their crop from the pink bollworm attack.
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.
Microbes are versatile. They possess the series of enzymatic machinery to bring out the biochemical changes inside as well outside the cell, thereby impacting the environment in which they are present.
Sudhir Deshmukh (name changed) a farmer in Yavatmal last saw his fluffy cotton crops before he sprayed the poisonous insecticides. Little did he know that the use of these pesticides would take away his life leaving behind a family of four dependents.
India has been an agricultural nation since time immemorial. Agriculture is the part and parcel of this nation’s rich cultural heritage. As of 2011, India had a large and diverse agricultural sector, accounting, on average, for about 16% of GDP and 10% of export earnings.
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.
With a penetrating experience of 17 years in the wastewater treatment industry we have redressed the grievances of over 3000 industries globally. Key issues worrying the wastewater treatment industry are high COD and BOD levels, MLSS development, sustaining the treatment mechanism at high TDS levels in the treated water and thus the difficulty in keeping up with PCB norms. We have catered to industries in the textile and die industry alongside pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, tanneries and numerous other sectors.
We all love to eat tasty food. However, it is also important to know if the so called tasty food we consume is keeping us healthy. The most popular and advisable healthy diet we can think of are fruits and vegetables, but are these fruits or vegetables really serving the purpose they are famous for?
We are living in an age where expansion and unabated construction is the name of the game. But we fail
to realise that this has distorted the bigger picture of a sustainable and safe existence. With ever rising
temperatures due to global warming and unplanned construction in dream city Mumbai- we have ended
up with more slum dwellers than proper settlements.
Though we may have heard that manual scavenging is a thing of the past, the reality check is a shocker. In a small time span of just about a month, as many as 10 sanitation workers died. The only relief, though too late for the poor souls lost is that the government has responded with prompt action and focused on the implementation part of the law it had framed long ago.