Department of microbial biotechnology, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, will organise a three-day national conference on 'Microbial biotechnology: MICRCON-2015' from January 22 to 25 at the PU Campus.
Recipient of Padma Bhushan and former director of PGIMER KK Talwar would inaugurate the conference being organised at Golden Jubilee Hall. Former director of National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, and National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) Rakesh Tuli would deliver the keynote address on the topic of 'Precision biology inspired by microbes'. PU vice-chancellor (VC) Arun Kumar Grover would preside over the conference.
Over 30 scientists of international repute from various research laboratories and industries of India would deliberate upon their research findings on industrial applications of unique microbes living happily in extreme environments of high (over 100°C) and low (sub zero degree centigrade) temperatures.
They would also discuss on the topics of toxic pollutants as food for certain bacteria, futuristic diagnostic techniques for early detection of deadly pathogens and use of modern biotech tools for creation of industrially important designer enzymes having unique properties.
There would also be a public debate on 'Genetically modified foods' on January 26. The three-hour debate will dwell upon the government guidelines on GM products and the opinions of many experts on the use of GM products.