M Ravichandran I NCPOR: India’s gateway to Polar Regions

G’nY. NCPOR has changed its name several times to justify its reorientation to changing roles. How would you define these rechristening? The first Indian expedition to Antarctica was launched from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. Soon after the Department of Ocean Development (DOD) came into existence. With an increasing awareness of Antarctica, DOD soon […]

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Importance of Contextual Information for Harnessing Microbial Resources from Polar Regions

Introduction Microbial resources have always been in demand either for their most valued secondary metabolites or the bioremediatory processes which they mediate. Amongst all physiological groups of bacteria extremophiles especially those from the poles are mostly sought after. Extremophiles are interesting to both basic and applied biologists. These organisms hold many exciting biological potential, such […]

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Preserving the Perishing Paradises

Earth – the only habitable planet known to mankind so far, has been sustaining all life on it through a ‘free ecosystem facility’, fulfilling our need for air, water, natural food, fibre and shelter, selflessly. Comprised of diverse ecosystems that demonstrate a delicate balance between each component viz: atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere – the […]

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Polar Geopolitics: Security, Sovereignty and Stewardship

The Polar Regions have returned to widespread public attention. Media reports of melting sea ice, the plight of polar bears and whales, the sustainability of indigenous livelihoods and the long term prospects for Northern communities, resource exploration and exploitation, and the ‘claiming’ of the Arctic and Antarctic seabeds have garnered international interest. Repeated framings of […]

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India in Arctic and Antarctic

Polar regions, Arctic and Antarctic, with their wilderness, mystery and scientific potential have always inspired mankind to lead innumerable expeditions to unravel the secrets hidden under the vast expanse of snow and ice. India led its first scientific expedition to the Antarctic in 1981. The Antarctic Study Centre – dedicated to Antarctic studies was created […]

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