Indian Journal of Community Medicine

: 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 201-


Ketoki Kapila 
 Formerly Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040, India

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Ketoki Kapila
Formerly Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040

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Kapila K. Biosecurity.Indian J Community Med 2010;35:201-201

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Editors: P. K. Shetty, Ajay Parida, M. S. Swaminathan

Publishers: National Institute of Advanced Studies,

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore - 560 012 and

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation 3rd Cross Street,

Institutional Area, Taramani, Chennai - 600 113.

Year of Publication: 2008

The book presents a collection of articles on biosecurity of food, health, agriculture, and of the environment in India. It has a good Foreword by the Director of NIAS, Mr. K. Kasturirangan, asking for a "…unified body possessed of expertise and authority for biosecurity in our country as a whole…," which I think is an important issue. The Preface by the Editors gives a crisp summary of the existing needs in India on this vital subject. Mr. M. S. Swaminathan, Chairman, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation at Chennai, in his opening chapter on Preparedness for Ensuring Biosecurity, has stressed on the important core issues. Following this, various authors have given a broad overview on regulations pertaining to different aspects of biosecurity. The book covers biosecurity issues in agriculture, aquaculture, as well as in the fields of biotechnology and the environment.

The chapters are written by stalwarts in their field, but these could have been made more interesting to the reader by including practical issues and actual examples. Most authors have stressed on the regulatory issues. This is important but needs to be interspersed with more contemporary and "on-ground" issues. The issue of genetic modification in biosecurity can be discussed with some complex points simplified for the reader. With the addition of more diagrams, historical anecdotes, photographs, and tables and, perhaps, key issues in each chapter highlighted within a box, the book could have been made more interesting. However, it still is of value in the library on the subject.

In summary, the book is an honest attempt at bringing this important subject to the fore. Each of the authors has performed considerable groundwork to bring all they perceived as important in this field, including recent references. With a few suggested modifications, this book can serve as an invaluable reference on the subject.