Chennai Oil Spill – Need for bioremediation: Prof M S Swaminathan
Author : Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, February 08, 2017: The impact of recent oil spill in the Tamil Nadu coast is being examined by scientists for possible damage to marine biodiversity including micro-flora and fauna. Steps are being taken to clean the ocean water from the oil spill. In fact our preparedness for dealing with such ecological disasters in the ocean is not adequate. There is need for more work by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India on bioremediation techniques. For example, the very first patent for a living organism was given to Prof Ananda Chakrabarty in USA for his work on the development of organisms which can gobble up oil spills the produces a strain of Pseudomonas capable of clearing oil spills. Our Biotechnologists should encourage and enable to take up such work. Tamil Nadu’s two major industries are textiles and leather. Unfortunately both are characterised by soil and water pollution. Therefore as part of our agenda for terrestrial and marine ecological security, we should encourage more work on the development of bioremediation techniques.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.