GNOBB would like to congratulate the team led by Dr. Zeba I Seraj at Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka for their recent publication in Annals of Microbiology which is based on bacteria endemic to saline coastal belt and their capacity to mitigate the salt effect on rice growth and yield. They have identified some strains of Halobacillus which can be used to improve the yield of rice by exploiting their plant growth promotion activities in coastal areas affected by moderate salinity (~5dS m−1). You can access the article through this address
The team has also published a new book chapter on helicase entitled "Helicase and their importance in Abiotic stresses" with the prestigious Springer publisher in the book "Salinity responses and tolerance in plants". The chapter is available online by clicking here
. Helicases are a ubiquitous class of ATP-dependent nucleic acid unwinding enzymes crucial for life processes in all living organisms and have been found in studies to be beneficial in coping up stress. Therefor this chapter is very timely and important piece of work in terms of abiotic stress research to survive the challenge of climate change.