BIOVISTAS: International Journal of Biological Research - IJBR
This is an International Open Access Journal. It publishes original research papers related to biological sciences and applied branches of biology like, biotechnology, microbiology, zoology, environmental biology, pharmaceutical and medical sciences.
The journal encourages high quality peer-reviewed papers covering novel aspects and methods in all areas of biological sciences. Journal also focuses on the public, legal, ethical and cultural aspects of biotechnological research.
Journal contains a series of timely in-depth reviews, research articles, innovative-multidisciplinary areas of biology. This is an essential journal for academic, research, clinical and biotechnological scientists who wish to develop themselves with the growing era.
India has developed to a stage of being called the “ future super power”. This awesome accomplishment has not been achieved overnight. It has taken sixty years. Overall development of a nation is possible primarily due to the education provided to the populace. As an example Japan has achieved unprecedented progress even after shattering bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, mainly due to the thrust given to education. Teachers are the real builders of a prosperous country and the teachers are produced by the graduate and post graduate courses containing basic disciplines like, physics, chemistry, botany etc.,. Unfortunately at present these courses are being disregarded and many colleges have terminated these. There will be a severe crunch for teachers in a few years. The earth is plagued by two major maladies- global terrorism and global warming. Terrorism is an unmitigated crime against humanity and global warming is an anthropogenic misdemeanor. Only green and peace can be the panacea to the earth. Plant sciences play a crucial role in understanding and resolving the environmental problems.
To create an awareness and reiterate the importance in these areas and to reawaken, revitalize, refresh, revive and review the recent trends in biological research and restate the importance of investigations in plant sciences in particular the department of Botany stated a journal, BIOVISTAS in the year 2005. The journal was registered in 2006.
The aim of the Journal is to publish substantial, world-class primary research articles in applied plant science, involving applications of plant biotechnology and plant biology across all industrial sectors.
Publishing original research, Plant Biotechnology Journal reports on significant new contributions to the field, providing a forum for the best papers in applied plant science.
Published articles report novel and exciting findings in strategic research in plant biotechnology, combining curiosity-driven studies with the potential for application. Applications may involve agriculture, horticulture, food and food-processing, paper, pulp and timber, pharmaceuticals, medical, phytoremediation, marine applications, non-food uses of plants and industrial crops. With the rapid developments in genomic sequencin and analysis, and availability of new technologies to analyse functional genomics andproteomics, the combined powers of genetics, biochemistry and cell biology are leading to the very rapid production of new information. Plant Biotechnology Journal welcomes the results of these programmes when the outcome is likely to enhance the application of plant science to the above industries. Plant Biotechnology Journal aims to publish high-impact original research and incisive reviews by leading researchers in applied plant science, with an emphasis on molecular plant sciences and their applications through plant biotechnology. We aim to provide a forum for the most important advances in this field, including curiosity-driven studies with the potential for application, strategic research in plant biotechnology, scientific analysis of key issues for the beneficial application of plant sciences and scientific analysis of the performance of the products of plant biotechnology in practice.
The journal will not publish 'improvements' to technologies such as improved transformation efficiencies of particular cultivars/species.Principal areas covered in Plant Biotechnology Journal include:
• Gene and genome analysis: analysis of genes and gene networks showing the potential for industrial application; gene expression studies; biotech plant breeding, e.g. marker assisted breeding.
• Transgenic technologies: Production and analysis of transgenic crops; gene insertion studies; gene silencing; factors affecting gene expression; post-translational analysis; molecular farming; field trial analysis; commercialisation of modified crops; safety and regulatory affairs
• Functional genomics: bioinformatics; gene function studies for applied uses
• Comparative genomics: applications to crop species; use of current crop databases
• Physiological studies: pathways relevant to an application; secondary metabolites; manipulations of physiology
• Developmental studies: developmental mechanisms leading to a further understanding of an industrial use of plants.
• Gene, genome, proteome and metabolome analysis: molecular screening technologies; analysis of gene function from nucleotide sequence to phenotype; understanding of gene networks; applications ranging from metabolic engineering to marker assisted breeding.
• Functional genomics, comparative genomics, bioinformatics and their applications in understanding and beneficial use of biodiversity, conservation, introgression, and rational design of improved genes for industrial plant improvement.
• Transgenic technologies: production and analysis of transgenic crops; molecular farming; gene insertion, expression and silencing; field-testing and commercialisation of modified plants for agricultural, health, industrial and environmental benefits, improved foods, biofuels and biomaterials; safety and regulatory affairs.
• Developmental, physiological and biochemical studies relevant to enhanced understanding of plant function, with potential for improvement of plant characteristics important to humans including the adaptation of plants to new environments.