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Preprint : A comprehensive mycofloral diversity of pedosphere, phyllosphere and aerosphere of Som. (Persea bombycina Kost.)

A comprehensive mycofloral diversity of pedosphere, phyllosphere and aerosphere of Som. (Persea bombycina Kost.)Manjit KumarRay, Piyush KumarMishra, SauravDas doi: Abstract Sericulture is an important cottage industry of Assam producing natural silk of both Mulberry and Non-Mulberry silk. The sericulture industry is closely associated with the Assamese traditions and rituals. In non-mulberry silk, Muga silkworm which is endemic to North-East India only produce exquisite silks of golden color. Rearing of Muga silkworm is one of the important aspects to producing silk of high quality. The quality of the primary host plant i.e. Som (Persea bombycina Kost.) greatly affects the quality of cocoon and silk produced by these industries. Therefore, planting and growing a disease-free plant has its own importance in sericulture. However, Som is very susceptible to different foliar diseases caused by fungi, which can reduce the yield of leaf from 13.8 − 41.6% annually…
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Admission Notice: MVSc /PhD in Animal Biotechnology

Admission Notice: MVSc /PhD in Animal Biotechnology
college of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam, India

A written test will be held on 18th July 2017 to select candidates for admission in to the MVSc/PhD courses in Animal Biotechnology at College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara. Students admitted to the MVSc program shall be entitled to studentship from DBT, Govt of India @ Rs. 12000.00 per month and one-time thesis grant of Rs. 50,000.00. For details pls click the below links:


ICMR Fellowships - Research Associate and Senior Research Fellow (RA and SRF)

The Indian Council of Medical Research awards the following categories of fellowships to young scientists to enable them to carry out research in the field of Biomedical Sciences at the permanent Institutes of the Council, other Biomedical Research Institutes, Medical Colleges, and Universities in India where adequate laboratories and other facilities to carry out research are available: 1. Research Associates 2. Senior Research Fellowships Fellowship Rules APPLICATIONS : Applications for the fellowships are invited by advertisement in newspapers and by the issue of a circular to all medical colleges, institutes etc. The following conditions are required to be fulfilled: The applications should be sent through the Guide and the Head of the Institute where the candidate proposes to work. If employed, a certificate from his employer to accept the fellowship should be submitted.The candidate should not draw any stipend or salary or be in receipt of any other type of financial assistance ex…

WORKSHOP ON: Prospecting Traditional Herbal Therapy to Modern Drug Discovery

The Institutional Biotech Hub, Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University is organizing a 7 days’ workshop cum training program on “Prospecting Traditional Herbal Therapy to Modern Drug Discovery” from 22nd May to 28th May 2017. The last date for receipt of application form is 15th May 2017.
Interested participants may visit the following link for details and to download the application form.


Agent Orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical. It is widely known for its use by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. It was a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. The chemical damaged the health of people who came into contact with it as well as extensively contaminated the environment. Environment: Agent Orange caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam. Over 3,100,000 hectares (31,000 km2) of forest were defoliated. Defoliants eroded tree cover and seedling forest stock, making reforestation difficult in numerous areas. Animal species diversity sharply reduced in contrast with unsprayed areas.
Toxicology: Due to its fat-soluble nature, agent orange/dioxin enters through physical contact or ingestion. Dioxin easily accumulates in the food chain. Dioxin enters the body by attaching to a protein called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a transcription factor. …

Can we actually "build" DNA molecules with a set sequence?

Yes we can. There is whole new branch of biology for this, SYNTHETIC GENOMICS. Synthetic genomics is a nascent field of synthetic biology, that uses aspects of genetic modification on preexisting life forms or artificial gene synthesis to create a new DNA or entire new life forms. Craig venter and his team has created new bacteria with synthetic genome. As a summarized article, read:After 20 Year Quest, Biologists Create Synthetic Bacteria With No Extra Genes