27-DEC-2018: AMU Prof to work on joint DST-UKIERI international collaborative project
Aligarh, December 27: Prof Abdul Malik, Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University will analyse indigenous bacteria samples taken from India's Yamuna River and Scotland's River Clyde to understand how they respond to industrial pollutants as he has been sanctioned a joint international collaborative project on 'Monitoring of PAHs and heavy metals in sediments of industrial estuaries, Glasgow and Yamuna River: PCR based detection of catabolic plasmids/genes in PAHs degrading and multi resistant bacterial isolates and their genotoxic potential' with Prof Charles Knapp, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK) under Department of Science and Technology (DST)-UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
The study is aimed at learning about the impact on waterways from heavy industrialisation in the past and present. "Industrial activity, whether contemporary or historical, tends to occur along major watercourses. Adverse impacts include impaired water quality, habitat loss and diminished resources with resultant risks to human and aquaculture health," said Prof Malik adding that heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have enriched sediment in the Clyde and its estuary and affected ecosystems and we are witnessing the same in the Yamuna River.
He pointed out that Yamuna has been steadily deteriorating as industrial towns discharge significant amounts of wastes into the river. "Indigenous bacteria and microbes in the soil and sediments in rivers have been found to transform heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the river," said Prof Malik.
"This project will help in developing strategies to monitor and prevent the spreading of contaminants and understanding how bacteria respond to pollution, including their remediation of toxic compounds and the potential impacts on health," further said Prof Malik, a recipient of the prestigious DBT CREST award of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and DAAD Fellowship of Germany.
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