The scientific sessions of ICMR-2018 brings you a unique opportunity to meet and develop connections with world leaders along with early and mid-career scientists involved in microbiome research. To know the opportunities and challenges of microbiome research for human health, agriculture, environment and biotechnology we invite you to join us at ICMR-2018.
The conference will see sessions on Human Microbiome, Environmental Microbiome, Plant-Microbe interactions, Probiotics and functional foods and latest advances in computational approaches in the field of microbiome research.
This conclave will witness some of the leading experts from around the world actively working in the field of microbiome research share their ideas and work.
The highly heterogeneous populations and diverse ecosystems of India will be in the center of most of the discussion and it is expected that several new scientific studies will be discussed among the participants. We also hope that this conference will pave the path for many future collaborations to explore and harness the benefits of microbiome research in different aspects of human health and ecosystem service to achieve long term goals of sustainable development.
Microbes have been around since the beginning of life on earth and have long colonized every possible ecological niche. Only in the last few decades we have realized the magnitude of their evolutionary success which allows them to contribute for the vital functioning of diverse ecosystems. The field of microbiome, has so far lead to understand the microbial diversity, identify microbial biomarkers and their interactions with host and environment for maintaining a homeostatic balance of an ecosystem. Currently, global projects aim to map microbial diversity in various ecological niches and their therapeutic potential and future may see customized microbiome therapies along with conventional methods.
With its unique biogeography, India harbors two global biodiversity hotspots viz. the Western Ghats and the Himalayan ranges along with ecosystems ranging from hot & cold deserts, high mountains to deep seas and extreme habitats like hot geysers, soda lakes and saline environments. Also, the country is a melting pot of endogamous groups, tribes and civilizations of different anthropological origin, harboring the largest diversity of humans next to Africa. Along with this, Indian subcontinent harbors different agro-climatic regions which has led to tremendous dietary diversity that has helped shape individual communities. Together, India offers an excellent opportunity to study the interplay of microbes in various ecological niches, be it the human gut, plant rhizosphere or extreme natural environments.
National Centre of Microbial Resources - National Centre for Cell Science (NCMR - NCCS), India works to understand the functioning of various ecosystems from the microbial perspective, primary focus being on deciphering the structure of microbial diversity and the role of microbial communities in sustaining the ecosystem. Using extensive –omics approaches, we strive to emphasize and understand the role of microbes in our research themes. Having collaborations at national and international levels, we have established ourselves at the forefront of microbiome research in the country.
With more than 180,000 microorganisms in its collection at present, NCMR is the single largest culture collection in the world. NCMR is playing a pivotal role in the exploration and conservation of microbial diversity of India. With industrial and academic partnerships, NCMR is screening this rich resource for bioactive compounds beneficial to humans and the society, at large.
National Centre for Cell Science, an autonomous institute under Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, is one of the leading research institutes in India. Initially established to function as a cell repository and pursue research areas at the forefront of human biology, in its 30th anniversary this year, has diversified its interests in various fields of biology with a diverse array of scientists and students.
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