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New priorities
The DBT has marked several priority areas and new focussed concerns within its broad programme on environmental biotechnology.

The priority areas are eco-restoration, metagenomics, animal and plant biodiversity conservation and development of preventive / eco-friendly technologies.

Focus will be towards generation of multi-institutional network programmes specifically for the development of mitigation technologies for

  • climate change
  • development of microbial technologies for environmental improvement
  • generate programmes on renewable energy and resources
  • development of treatment process of industrial effluents
  • bioremediation of xenobiotic compounds
  • bio-diversity conservation and characterisation of biodiversity.
The following are the new programmes identified for support by DBT
  • Development of end-of-the-pipe biological treatment process for the polluting industries:
    Selection of robust microbes having potential for biodegradation
    Identification of new microbes through metagenomics approach having potential to degrade an array of toxic effluents
    Development of technologies for treatment of waste effluent
  • Conservation of viable habitat and restoration of degraded habitats using the bio restoration technologies
  • Take up a metagenomic initiative for waste management and pollutant mitigation that includes few large scale co-ordinated project to characterise the microbial communities and habitat for identification and exploitation of the biosynthetic and bio-catalytic capacities of the microbial communities
  • Development of new methodologies for waste management and clean energy production
  • Development of mitigation technologies for climate change
  • Microbial genomics for search of new genes for developing climate resilient crops
  • Multiple use and recycling of wastewaters
  • Projects and programme support in the area of biodiversity conservation towards inventorisation, monitoring and conservation of biodiversity through biotechnological tools and approaches
  • Projects towards understanding the biology of rare and endangered wild animals, development of molecular probes in ascertaining genetic variation, and development of assisted reproductive technologies