CSIR-NEERI conducts GIS-based mapping of Microbial Diversity of river Ganga
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI), Nagpur has conducted the first ever GIS-based mapping of Microbial Diversity of river Ganga, as reported by a news website. The project of mapping the entire stretch of Ganga is funded by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and is done by a selected team along with four other institutes, which includes Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Changa, PhiXgen Pvt Ltd, Haryana and Xcelris Labs Ltd, Ahmedaba.
Dr. Atya Kapley, Head, Director’s Research Cell (DRC) and Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NEERI, was quoted saying, “Mapping the microbial biodiversity of the Ganga river system is being done using high throughput metagenome sequencing analysis and will create the first ever baseline for the entire river, from the origin at Devprayag and right up to Diamond Harbour where it meets the sea.”
The main objective of the mapping of river Ganga is to create a database which will be available for everyone on GIS and CSIR-NEERI websites. The data is open for all and can be used by government, researchers, experts and students for their work or research. The team checked BOD, COD, pH, DO, Heavy Metals parameters for water quality check. Dr Atya Kapley was the project co-ordinator while Dr Rita Dhodapkar, Dr Abhay Bajaj, Dr Nishant Dafale, Dr Asiha Qureshi, Dr G S Kanade, Dr Lakshmikanthan, Dr P R Meganathan, Dr Shivesh Sharma, Dr Datta Madamwar, Dr Rup Lal and Dr Toral Manavar were the members of the team.