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Biology

Overview

Biology Division is a centre for excellence to provide high quality of basic and applied research in Bioinformatics, Entomology, Toxicology and Rural Development with state of art facilitates. Biology Division is keenly involved in multi disciplinary activities of advanced research areas like Biological control of pests and weeds, Integrated Vector Management (IVM), Bioinformatics, toxicity studies, Marine biotechnology, kairamones for pest management. Disease modelling of vector borne diseases like Filariasis, Malaria, Japanese encephalitis, and Dengue to minimize the outbreak is developed by this division which is pioneering work in the area of Public Health. Biology Division is recognized by Central Insecticide Board, Government of India for undertaking, Pesticidal activities on public health important vectors and agricultural pests

Persistent studies of toxicants on different surfaces its bio-efficacy, Anti-bacterial/fungal activity of compounds, Termite testing, Mammalian toxicity studies as per Gaitonde protocol and OECD guidelines are pursued regularly. The department also does toxicological studies on nano materials, drugs, pesticides using in vivo and in vitro models with reference to haematological, biochemical, histopathology and geno-toxicity parameters. Antirodents choice and no choice test in laboratories and field conditions are conducted periodically on four species of wild rodents. This department has also contributed significantly in the area of Insect Chemical Ecology, Plant Defense and Nano- Botanical Formulations.

For the benefit of the rural populace useful information on the topics of agriculture, health, education, pest disease information system and various other aspects is disseminated through audio and video called as SAMADHAN KENDRA which is transferred to many organizations to cater the needs of huge farming community in India. Similarly advanced forecasting system to predict the outbreak of vector borne diseases was developed to the Health ministries of both state and Central Govt to protect the people residing in endemic zones. ENVIS centre on "Bioinformaticsvector control" sponsored by Ministry Environment & Forest, Government of India is being managed by Biology Division (www.iictenvis.nic.in).

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