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Biodiversity workshop organised at AU

india Updated: Sep 24, 2006 00:04 IST

PROF P Natarajan of Rajiv Gandhi chair, Cochin University inaugurated the six-day young scientist workshop on biodiversity organised by AU’s Parasitology Laboratory, Department of Zoology on Saturday. Prof Natrajan empahsised on computer assisted segregation and geographical distribution  of species and their inventorisation. He appreciated the workshop as a milestone towards the achievement of this goal.

Prof Natrajan said that training the young brains of the country for analysis of species characters, measurement of environment interactions and preparation of slides in the lab is an important activity because before adopting modern  biological tools, the problem of species identification and its proper  placement in the hierarchy invariably poses a problem.

Chief guest  on the occasion Satya Prakash Malviya said that the use of simplest of techniques apart from  expensive and sophisticated  equipment to study an important subject like taxonomy was an innovative step.

The dissemination of knowledge in this form by way of imparting  knowledge to young scientists invited from different   parts of the country is a step towards s renovating this fast  depleting branch of science.

Head of AU’s  Zoology Department Prof Pratima Gaur highlighted the efforts of the department towards training younger minds in the direction of diversification  and classification of species while using modern technology.

Director of the workshop, Prof Sandeep K Malhotra, introduced the guests from different parts of the country as well as abroad. A manual of techniques and methods of Taxonomy was released by Malviya while the book of abstracts was released by Prof P Natarajan. Prof Gaur presented mementos to the guests.