Niranjan B Murthy

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Organochlorine pesticide residues in sediment and fish samples collected from the east and west coasts of India are presented. HCH isomers and DDT and its metabolites are the predominantly identified compounds in most of the samples. Despite the higher quantity of consumption, HCH and DDT levels in fish in India were lower than those in temperate countries(More)
Aerobic and anaerobic degradation of 14C-labeled pentachlorophenol (PCP) was examined in nitrogen aerated, moist Hagerstown silty clay loam with or without cellulose amendments. In anaerobic soil, PCP reduced soil respiration in the presence of cellulose; volatilization losses accounted for only 0.5% of the PCP added to soil; no 14CO2 was detected; and(More)
When exposed to the potent insecticide gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane or lindane, a Sphingomonas paucimobilis strain rapidly synthesized 7 novel polypeptides and concomitantly gained the ability to degrade lindane. Synthesis of these proteins was switched-off subsequent to the disappearance of lindane from the medium. Treatments which induced the synthesis of(More)
Trichoderma pseudokoningii MTCC 3011 is a very useful strain for biological control of the plant pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii under post-harvest conditions. In the present investigation, several benomyl-tolerant phenotypic mutants of this strain have been generated using a two step mutagenesis-chemical followed by gamma irradiation. The mutants differed from(More)
UNLABELLED We report the case of a 70-year-old previously healthy female who presented acutely to the Accident and Emergency department with left-sided vasomotor symptoms including reduced muscle tone, weakness upon walking and slurred speech. Physical examination confirmed hemiparesis with VIIth nerve palsy and profound hepatomegaly. A random glucose was(More)
Metabolism of 14C-naphthalene was studied in aerobic and anaerobic marine sediments from the Mumbai coast, India using a continuous flow-through system for 5 weeks. There was no volatilisation of naphthalene from anaerobic sediment. Naphthalene underwent more extensive mineralization in aerobic sediment (31.6% of the applied activity) than in anaerobic(More)
The uptake of 14C-chlorpyrifos by clams (Katalysia opima) was studied to determine the bioaccumulation potential over a period of five days. Chlorpyrifos was applied to a model ecosystem in beakers at the rate of 3 mg l(-1) of seawater. Clams showed a maximum uptake of 14C-chlorpyrifos in the first 8 hours of exposure. Subsequently these residues decreased(More)