Viruses are the parasite of all the living cells including eukaryotes, prokaryotes, archea. Amongst the viruses of microorganisms, those infecting members of domain of Bacteria (Bacteriophages or Phages), those infecting members of domain Archaea (Archaeal Viruses), and those infecting especially the single-celled members of domain Eukaryotes, particularly algae and protozoa (Algal or Protozoal Viruses). We may recall Dr. M.E. Hankin who for the first time suggested definite scientific clues regarding the curing properties of the water of river Ganga in 1896 and thus the presence of living being smaller than bacteria. Félix d’Hérellein 1917 named these bacterial viruses as bacteriophages (bacteria eaters) and may be taken as the first viruses to be discovered. The viruses constitute the most abundant predator on the earth. They not only act as an antibacterial agent but also the food providers to all the higher living beings by disintegrating the organized cell cyanobacteria, bacteria and unicellular eukaryotes. Moreover, bacteriophages have been the key players in the development of molecular biology. Bacteriophages, in short, are important players in ecology, public health, infectious disease, and environmental science. In the present era of emergence antimicrobial resistance against antibiotic molecules, the phages are the most important ray of hope to deal with the infections.
Notwithstanding with fact that the bacterial viruses first time proposed in the water of rivers of Ganga and Yamuna, numerous breakthroughs resulting into Nobel Prizes, there has been little dedicated modern-day support of the study of the bacteriophages as an academic discipline, in terms of developmental assistance to phage-based businesses, or facilitation of an accurate public as well as scientific perception of what these organisms are all about. Bacteriophage research is like any other discipline of science: It cannot exist absent a collective voice espousing its importance to the whole globe including India. This concern is now, finally, being championed by the Society for Bacteriophage Research and Therapy (SBRT). The society is intended to work together as a team for the betterment of bacteriophages and its positive global impact on the society. But, our concern can only be perfected when the scientists and clinicians working in different areas of basic and translation research in different aspects of bacteriophages are coming altogether on a single platform. Therefore, this society has been evolved to have a platform where researchers working in different areas of bacteriophages e.g. water bodies especially in rivers; clinical application of phages i.e. as antibacterial, vaccines, gene therapy, diagnostics, drug delivery, cancer therapy; water and sewage treatment, animal husbandry, poultry, food safety, aquaculture, agriculture, industry etc. may exchange and share the knowledge and facility altogether at national level. This is high time for you to consider joining hands for a noble cause.