On the Occasion of upcoming National Science Day 2021!

National Science Day is celebrated in India every year on February 28. The day is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman on the same day in 1928. Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for this important discovery. The Government of India honored him with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1954. The very first National Science Day was celebrated on February 28, 1987.

The objective for celebration of this day is to inspire students about science, spreading the knowledge related to science, scientific activities and scientific achievements. Many events are organized on this day to popularize Science and Technology. The theme for the National Science Day 2021 is ‘ Future of STI: Impact on Education, skills and work.’

Every year NCMR-NCCS Pune arranges Microbial exhibition for school students to celebrate National Science Day, which is not possible this year due to covid-19 situation. On the Occasion of upcoming National Science Day, we are taking an opportunity to describe National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR), the largest culture collection of the world.

National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR) is a national microbial facility funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and is affiliated with National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) Pune. NCMR started as Microbial Culture Collection (MCC) in 2009 has an authorization to preserve and catalogue diversity of microorganisms collected from different ecological niches from all over India and to make them available for exploitation by researchers. NCMR supplies authentic cultures of archaea, bacteria, fungi and plasmids to both academic institutions and industry.

The aim of the Centre is to serve as a leading world-class Microbial Resource Repository and to provide authentic high-quality services for microbial preservation, characterization and authentication and supply to industry and academic institutions. The Centre is built on “Service for Science, Science for Service” model. It is serving the nation in biodiversity conservation, biotechnological research and education by providing services of the highest international standards and conducting research in the related areas of microbial ecology and systematics, and human resource development. The Centre is serving as an International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty and Designated National Repository under Ministry of Environment and Forests.

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Happy National Science Day 2021!

A new bacterial species described from the salt water lake in India

-By Kranti Karande

A bacterial strain ( MEB193T )was isolated from the Lonar lake which is a notified national Geo-heritage monument situated in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India .

As researchers collected the sample water, the water had a pH of 9.8 and a temperature of 28ºC. This bacterial strain represented as MEB193T was isolated on modified sea water agar.The strain was described as rod-shaped, motile and non-spore forming.

Dr. Amaraja Joshi, NCMR Pune
Dr. Amaraja Joshi NCMR, NCCS Pune

Dr. Amaraja Joshi’s group at NCMR, with Dr. Yogesh Shouche identified the taxonomy of this strain.

Based on draft genome sequence on the Illumina MiSeq platform, 16S rRNA gene sequencing and observable characteristics , they found that the strain MEB193T represents a new species of the genus Nitrincola . The strain name is proposed as Nitrincola tapanii sp. nov. , in the honour of Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti for his enormous contribution in the field of microbial taxonomy and systematics. Five species of the genus Nitrinicola were described before this research. In conclusion, a new species surviving in an alkaline environment was described by researchers.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31751193