Kondotty (Malappuram): Three students of EMEA college here have discovered two new species of bacteria from the sea off the Kiltan Island of Lakshadweep archipelago.

During their genetic research on the Bacillus genus, three MSc Microbiology students --- Kiltan native Ramlath, Vallikkunnu native Keerthana and Vaidyarangadi native Safwana ---discovered the new species which has remarkably different genetic structure from the known species of genus.

The research was conducted under the supervision of Biotechnology department head Dr K Mashhoor.

These bacteria are found to have the ability to produce enzymes namely amylase, protease and lipase on a large scale. These enzymes are used many for industrial purposes.

The research details have been given to American National Centre for Biotechnology for publication in the Gene Bank.