Investigators from National Institute of Technology Target Microbiology (Understanding molecular identification and polyphasic taxonomic approaches for genetic relatedness and phylogenetic relationships of microorganisms)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- A new study on Life Science Research is now available. According to news reporting from Rourkela, India, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The major proportion of earth's biological diversity is inhabited by microorganisms and they play a useful role in diversified environments. However, taxonomy of microorganisms is progressing at a snail's pace, thus less than 1% of the microbial population has been identified so far."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the National Institute of Technology, "The major problem associated with this is due to a lack of uniform, reliable, advanced, and common to all practices for microbial identification and systematic studies. However, recent advances have developed many useful techniques taking into account the house-keeping genes as well as targeting other gene catalogues (16S rRNA, rpoA, rpoB, gyrA, gyrB etc. in case of bacteria and 26S, 28S,beta-tubulin gene in case of fungi). Some uncultivable approaches using much advanced techniques like flow cytometry and gel based techniques have also been used to decipher microbial diversity. However, all these techniques have their corresponding pros and cons. In this regard, a polyphasic taxonomic approach is advantageous because it exploits simultaneously both conventional as well as molecular identification techniques. In this review, certain aspects of the merits and limitations of different methods for molecular identification and systematics of microorganisms have been discussed."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The major advantages of the polyphasic approach have also been described taking into account certain groups of bacteria as case studies to arrive at a consensus approach to microbial identification."
For more information on this research see: Understanding molecular identification and polyphasic taxonomic approaches for genetic relatedness and phylogenetic relationships of microorganisms. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2014;103():80-100. Journal of Microbiological Methods can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Microbiological Methods - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506034)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Das, Natl Inst Technol, Dept. of Life Sci, Lab Environm Microbiol & Ecol LEnME, Rourkela 769008, Odisha, India. Additional authors for this research include H.R. Dash, N. Mangwani, J. Chakraborty and S. Kumari (see also Life Science Research).
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