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Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering >> 2021, Volume 8, Issue 4 doi: 10.15302/J-FASE -2021397


1. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science & Technology University, Gopalganj 8100, Bangladesh.

2. Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, North South University, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh.

3. Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Jashore University of Science and Technology, Jashore 7408, Bangladesh.

4. Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.

5. Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh.

6. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna 9208, Bangladesh.

7. Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur 1704, Bangladesh.

8. School of Biotechnology, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China.

9. Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Brac University, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh.

10. Department of Pharmacy, Comilla University, Comilla 3506, Bangladesh.

11. Department of Biomedical Technology, Tampere University, Tampere 33100, Finland.

Available online: 2021-06-07

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