Pune: The regeneration of zebrafish stall at the Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) saw the maximum crowd, during the open day organised on the occasion of National Science Day.
This concept may be useful in future for human bodies to regenerate body parts. Debanjan Mukherjee, a student who exhibited his stall showcasing his project on the regeneration of zebrafish, said, “We are looking into the molecular players in terms of how it can be used in human bodies as the zebrafish can generate its own body parts after a specific span of time. We are doing research on how the regeneration is possible to put in medicines and regenerative therapies.”
Meanwhile, Ph D and masters students of the institute showcased their research to students and enthusiast of all ages including a few elderly people. The stalls had projects on evolution of plants, evolution of diatoms, diversity and bioprospecting of liches in Himalayas, biomethanation of rice, methanotrophs, HB calculator app, development of nervous system, regeneration of zebrafish, genetics crop variety development of soybean, wheat and grapes, devices which would detect the disease, introduction of fungi, introduction of fossils and study of ichnological as well as sedimentological parameters.
The exhibition was a hit among the students pursuing their academics in research and allied fields. Amruta Chaudhary, a doctor by profession who visited the exhibition with her two children, said, “The next generation has a keen interest on what is happening around the world and they get this information through various technological gadgets and that is the reason why they are always after the gadgets. But such exhibitions give them an opportunity to experience and see various types of research and studies made by students and researchers.”
Another stallholder Thirumalai who showcased identification of fossils at his stall, said, “The fossils which are more than decade year old are studied to understand the earth properly and to interpret the climatic changes. The fossils studies are used for various other purposes. We haven’t discovered the earth yet, especially the deep sea oceans and to study that a lot of dedication and hard work is required.”