Head of Division EBD
Dr. M. Sajjad Mirza
Dy Chief Scientist
Environmental Biotechnology is the specific application of Biotechnology to the management of environmental problems. Environmental Biotechnology Division aims to develop, use and to improve biological systems for monitoring & remediation of contaminated environments from water air and land. Other important research areas are genotoxicity testing and molecular detection of animal pathogens and provision of related training, services & facilities.
Following are the ongoing research and development activities at EBD, NIBGE:
- Environmental monitoring of the pollutants from land, air and water
- Bioremediation of petroleum and other pollutants (i.e., pesticides)
- Wastewater treatment (typically, industrial effluents)
- Environmental toxicology (environmental risk assessment studies)
- Molecular detection of animal pathogens
- Provision of environmental testing facilities & trainings
Oil spillage from a Greek oil Tanker “Tasman Spirit” at Karachi beach
Acute toxicity testing of pesticides in mice Acute Fish Toxicity at EBD
Acute toxicity is used to assess the effects of a substance which appear promptly, or within 24 hours of exposure. For fish 96 hours acute toxicity (LC50) is recommended. A pesticide with a high acute toxicity is deadly even when a very small amount is absorbed. Acute toxicity levels are used as a way to assess and compare how poisonous chemicals are. The acute toxicity of a chemical is used as the basis for the warning statements on the label. Acute toxicity may be measured as acute oral toxicity, acute dermal toxicity, and acute inhalation toxicity.