Significant scientific efforts have been made over the last decades to map, describe and harness the rich biodiversity (plants, animals, insects and microbes)of the North East Region (NER) of India, one of major biodiversity hot-spots of the world. Having achieved the current state of advanced scientific knowledge (plant, animal and microbial biology and chemistry)sets the stage for the next-level scientific questions to decipher inter-and intra-species interactions, communications and synergies.
Studies of this dynamic inter play mediated by the small-molecules and their macro molecular counterparts have given rise to a new scientific discipline of Chemical Ecology. This new “DBT Initiative on Chemical Ecology of the North East Region of India” aims to bring together researchers in complementary disciplines (biology, crop and soil sciences, entomology, horticulture, forestry, microbiology, pathology, biochemistry, molecular biology and natural-products chemistry) to explore the role chemical signals play in shaping the unique ecosystems of the NER by studying interactions at the molecular level and discovering novel molecules for improving human life and environment.
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