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Title: Microbial diversity – Biotechnological and industrial perspectives
Authors: Tripathi, C K M
Tripathi, Divya
Praveen, Vandana
Bihari, Vinod
Keywords: Community structure
Economic value
Ecosystem
Genome
Metagenomics
Molecular diversity
16S rRNA
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Biodiversity is an addition sum of the studies on genetic, taxonomic commercial and ecosystem aspects of living systems. All the living individuals of a species contain a distinct combination of genes and the intrinsic interaction among the gene pool influences evolution, survival and phenotypic/genotypic changes of the part of the biodiversity i.e. community. The amount of genetic diversity within population varies tremendously and much of modern conservation biology is concerned with the maintenance of genetic diversity within the population of plants, animals and microbes. Germplasm, obtained with the vast biodiversity, provides a major source of biological material for the development of medicines, vaccines, pharmaceutical products, improved crop and animal varieties and for other environmental applications. Industrialized nations, who have the technology and resources to patent and develop commercial biological products, are having the benefits of biodiversity through the collected and conserved germplasm flowing through the international research centers. In fact a particular genetic contribution usually represents only a small percentage of the total value of the eventual products. In addition, the research and development process required to commercialize a particular product requires enormous technical efforts. The principle of patenting genes is the morally or ethically correct is a matter of intense debate. However, geneticists, having conceived of the technologies with vast and immediate therapeutic, food and environmental values must try to bring to the material to market as soon as possible.
Page(s): 326-332
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Source:IJEB Vol.45(04) [April 2007]

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