Department of microbiology, St Xavier’s College, Mapusa organised a national level seminar on ‘Bioprospecting for Sustainable Development’. Chief guest for the seminar was director, Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural development (GIPARD) and former director, department of science, technology and environment (DSTE), Michael D’Souza.
D’Souza drew the attention to the patent of feni. He focused on the idea of bioprospecting in association with access benefit sharing, and how traditional knowledge and access of endemic species to local communities contributes to sustainable development. The keynote speaker, professor of marine sciences at the school of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, Goa University, and director-in-charge, UGC-human resource development centre, Goa University, Chandrashekher Rivonker enlightened the audience about the impact of bioprospecting on the marine diversity and ecosystem functioning and elucidated the concerns of overexploiting marine resources.
The seminar gathered a very good response with 149 participants including 39 from outside Goa and allowed deliberations from resource persons with profound experience. Project scientist C, national centre for polar and ocean research, Anand Jain enthralled everyone with his presentation on the implications of microbial metagenomics in ecology and bioprospecting. Senior scientist, natural products and green chemistry, CSIR-central salt and marine chemicals research institute, Gujarat, Pramod Shinde delivered talks on the advances in microbial drug discovery and on endophytes as a rich source of bioprospecting.
Assistant professor, department of microbiology, school of sciences, JAIN, Bangaluru, Sourav Bhattacharya presented sessions on the prospects of microbial degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with special
reference to benzo [a] pyrene and on the current and future prospects of bioprospecting for proliferic lactic acid bacteria.
The participants presented their novel ideas and exciting research through vivid oral presentations chaired by Trelita and an interactive poster session.