GSM Technical talk (in collaboration with the Geology Department, UM and Institute Geology Malaysia): “Geobiology and Geomicrobiology: Frontier areas in Earth” - Ramanathan Baskar (Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Haryana, India)

Event Code : GSMTT 8-7-2017 Venue Name : Geology Department, University of Malaya Host Name : Coordinator Name : Date From : 2017-08-07

Time: 3.30 p.m. Tea: 3.00 p.m. One of the greatest exciting moments in Science during this century will be the discovery of life on another planet (Nealson and Ghiorse, 2001). The recent surprising discoveries of microbes in extreme environments (such as hydrothermal vents/deep ocean floor) have improved our understanding about origin of life on earth, and have strengthened the perceived probability that similar kinds of microorganisms/life forms may exist on other planets. Such grand scientific goals and exciting scientific discoveries are now within reach, because of rapid advances in the fields of geobiology (the study of the interactions that occur between the biosphere and the geosphere) and geomicrobiology (the interaction between microorganisms and their metabolic processes with geological and geochemical processes) during the last two decades. Geomicrobiology requires varied expertise in subjects ranging from geology, geochemistry, mineralogy to microbiology, and microbial ecology. Current and future geobiological investigations will improve our ability to understand the relevant records, interpret them and make predictions, and thereby have a more detailed understanding of the complete history of the earth.