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NIO renewed the agreement with the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute [University of Tokyo], Japan, on collaboration in oceanographic research for next 5 years. The renewal was based on the achievements of the past colla
boration. In October 2007 Prof. Toshitaka Gamo visited NIO and held discussions with the scientists here for a possible collaboration under GEOTRACES. This catalyzed the scientific activities such as participation in cruises and conducting experiments on dissolved stable isotopes to estimate primary production and rates of air-sea gas exchange velocities in the western Indian Ocean. In another project a comparative study was made on bacterial community structure and production rates between coastal environments of India and Japan.
During this period of collaboration, NIO identified Prof. Kazuhiro Kogure of the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute as one of the NIO's Adjunct Scientists for a period of three years. His first visit to NIO was from 4 to 18 September 2010 and during this period he delivered two lectures (a) Proteorhodopsin, a new mechanism to harvest light energy (b) Bacteria at small scale environments for interested reserchers in this area of study besides one to one interactions with many others. NIO looks forward to his subsequent visits and sharing of ideas.
Dr. M Dileep Kumar, a senior scientist and coordinator from NIO said, "Under the renewed MoU we are exploring the possibilities of collaborative projects in areas of marine biogeochemistry and Marine Biotechnology".
Collaboration is the mantra for getting insights into complex ocean processes in view of their multidisciplinary and region specific nature. Besides the above renewal, NIO also had MoU with CSIR-CIMFR and the National University of Singapore for exploration of coastal mineral deposits; beach stability and sediment budget studies, etc. (Coordinator: Dr. Anup Gujar), as well as with Andhra University, Visakhapatnam to assess meiobenthic fauna on spatial and temporal basis in the ports of Kandla, Mangalore, Kochi, Tuticorin, Chennai, Paradeep, Kolkata and Haldia (Coordinators: Drs. AC Anil and SS Sawant).
In photos: Dr. VVSS Sarma, Scientist of NIO participating in the cruises of Japanese research vessel.
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