Seminar on Environmental Biotechnology (Biotechnology)

Venue: Nagarjuananagar, AP

Location: Nagarjuananagar, AP, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 01, 2002
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Description

The Objectives

Indiscriminate and overexploitation of natural resources leads to environmental degradaation. Use of natural resources for economic development without deterioration of environment involves integration of appropriate scientific and technological methods. Biotechnology is considered to have a great potential in solving many environmental problems resulting from industrial and human activities. There is great hope and optimism that Biotechnology is going to solve the twin problems so popular in a short time that `Bt''has become a pet name. Yet, there is some scepticism about the potentials of the `Bt' in making the world free from hunger, disease and pollution. `Bt' is considered to be a very dangerous technology if misused. There is a raging controversy between the protagonists and antagonists as is evident from the introduction of Bt cotton in India.

Removal of doubts and creation of understanding through public discussion and debate is hoped to create atmosphere for integration of Bt for social well being without prejudice to the environment. The seminar is organised with the following objectives.

1) Selection and evaluation of appropriate technologies for control of environmental
Pollution.
2) To provide an insight into the potential of modern biotechnology.
3) Integration of Bt with economic development and environmental protection.
4) To bring together the nature conservators and the nature transformers under one umberella.


Broad Areas of Focus

1) Recent trends in Biotechnology
2) Production of genetically engineered microbes (GEMs) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
3) Environmental impact of GEMs and GMOs
4) Biofertilizers and Biopesticides
5) Bioremediation and Ecorestoration
6) Role of Biotechnology in Environmental protection
7) Biotechnology in Environmental Health and Sanitation
8) Production of biodegradable materials


Invitation for papers

Abstracts of original research papers (not exceeding 300 words) may be sent to the Organizing Secretary on or before November 1, 2002.

Venue

Additional Information

The Venue The Nagarjuna University is located between Guntur and Vijayawada in Howrah-Chennai National High-way No.5 at a distance of 19 kms from Vijayawada and 13 kms from Guntur. Both the cities are well connected by train and road. The weather in December will be pleasant with moderate winter conditions. Accomodation Accomodation can be provided for some of the outstation participants in the University Guest house/Hostel. If Hotel accomodation is desired, it can be arranged on payment basis in Guntur. Registration Fee Registration fee per delegate - Rs.300/- For accopanying persons - Rs.200/- and students Please send the Registration fee by D.D. drawn on State Bank of India, NU Campus branch (Code No.4793) to the Organizing Secretary. For further information please contact Prof.K.B.Reddy Director of Seminar Head, Dept. of Environmental Sciences Nagarjuna University Nagarjunanagar - 522 510 Guntur, A.P., India Phone - 0863-241017 (Res.) 0863-293189 Extn.175 (off) Fax (off) - 0863-293378 (or) Dr.K.R.S.Sambasiva Rao Organizing Secretary Centre for Biotechnology Nagarjuna University Nagarjunanagar - 522 510 Guntur, A.P., India Phone - 0863-293400 (Off) 0863-233433 (Res) Fax - 0863-293378 (Off) Email - krssrao@yahoo.com (or) krssrao@hotmail.com