Microbiology Education for Biotechnology Industry

Microbiology Education for Biotechnology Industry

K. K. Pal (Directorate of Groundnut Research, India), R. Dey (Directorate of Groundnut Research, India) and K.V. B. R. Tilak (Osmania University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2845-8.ch016

Abstract

Microbial technology finds innumerable applications in different sectors of biotechnology industry. The scope and potential of microbiology education in different sectors is vast and has direct relation to societal benefit. Microbiology is generally taught at the post-graduate levels for students having basic degree in science (life sciences with subjects like Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, etc.). Microbiology being a vast discipline with many areas like Medical-, Veterinary-, Dairy-, Agricultural-, Food-, Environmental-, Industrial-, Marine Microbiology, etc. requires specific training and development of skills for specialization in a particular area. The requirements of each sector are different and specialized training and exposure is needed to develop professionals. Microbiologists have great demand in the industries like pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology industries preparing enzymes, etc. The microbiologists get job in product development, processing, production, and quality control. Similarly there is demand for microbiologists in food and catering industries in the areas of quality control and in maintaining hygiene.
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Background

In today’s society, microbiology plays a significant role enveloping important topics like gene therapy, vaccines and synthetic genomics. The advancement in the field of science and technology has further widened the scope of research in microbiology. But, research beneficial to the mankind banks upon an excellent teacher-student-industry partnership that can keep pace with the rapidly advancing field.

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