Oceans that constitute 2/3 of our planet. With the exponentially growing population, increasing pollution and dwindling land-based resources, ocean is increasingly being looked at as a major resource that sustais life on planet. Many studies are being conducted to understand the resource potential and complex ecological processes of our marine environment. This has resulted in the accumulation of large amounts of data/ information. The success of accurate interpretation and forecasting depends on the efficient management and real-time dissemination of this data/information.
The seas bordering India harbour rich, diversified biota. However, information
on these economically,
Apart from fulfiling its major aim of collation of marine biological knowledge,
the Bioinformatics Centre has played a major role in planning and establishing
a Local Area Network (LAN) and the Indian National
Oceanographic Internet Server (INOIS) at this institute. This centre has
been active in developing new tools for Computer Aided Taxonomy (CAT) for
Marine Biota. Vargiki-Animalia Ver. 1.0 is one such
I take this opportunity to congratulate my colleagues Dr. D. Chandramohan,
Shri Vishwas Chavan, Devanand Kavlekar, Vishwanath Kulkarni and Dr. C.T.
Achuthankutty. I must also express our sincere thanks to the Department
of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi for funding the Bioinformatics activities
at NIO, Goa. I wish all the very best to all those involved in bringing
out such a unique and user-friendly package.