BRAQCON
  • ICAR-CIBA inaugurated its first Aquaculture Research Centre on the West Coast in Gujarat at the Navsari Agriculture University Campus on 7th June 2018
    ICAR-CIBA inaugurated its first Aquaculture Research Centre on the West Coast in Gujarat at the Navsari Agriculture University Campus on 7th June 2018
  • Export Inspection Council (EIC), Govt. of India and ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai, jointly conducted skill enhancement programme for Fisheries officials
    Export Inspection Council (EIC), Govt. of India and ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai, jointly conducted skill enhancement programme for Fisheries officials
  • ICAR-CIBA partners with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of KCT in bracksihwater aquaculture sector
    ICAR-CIBA partners with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of KCT in bracksihwater aquaculture sector
  • First Shrimp feed mill in Northern India, under public private partnership mode (PPP) between ICAR-CIBA, Chennai and Dr Attar Aqua Feed, Bhiwani, Haryana, started operation
    First Shrimp feed mill in Northern India, under public private partnership mode (PPP) between ICAR-CIBA, Chennai and Dr Attar Aqua Feed, Bhiwani, Haryana, started operation
  • Dr.George Chamberlain, President, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), USA, delivered an invited Lecture at CIBA
    Dr.George Chamberlain, President, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), USA, delivered an invited Lecture at CIBA
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences visited CIBA Stall at 3rd India International Science Festival – 2017
    Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences visited CIBA Stall at 3rd India International Science Festival – 2017
  • ICAR-CIBA and TNFU join hands for sustainable development of aquaculture
    ICAR-CIBA and TNFU join hands for sustainable development of aquaculture
  • Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish harvest at Vennangupattu village
    Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish harvest at Vennangupattu village
  • ICAR-CIBA receiving prize for its Hindi magazine
    ICAR-CIBA receiving prize for its Hindi magazine "Jal Tarang" at 89th Foundation day celebrations of ICAR on 16th July 2017
  • CIBA’s Desi Shrimp Feed Technology Transfer with Sri Sathvika Aqua Agro Industries Private Limited, Ongole, for the shrimp feed mill and Vannami Plus technology, an ARYA initiatives from CIBA
    CIBA’s Desi Shrimp Feed Technology Transfer with Sri Sathvika Aqua Agro Industries Private Limited, Ongole, for the shrimp feed mill and Vannami Plus technology, an ARYA initiatives from CIBA
  • An entrepreneur cheerfully holding a bag of hatchery produced milkfish seeds during the event of seed release
    An entrepreneur cheerfully holding a bag of hatchery produced milkfish seeds during the event of seed release
  • Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon. DG ICAR and Secretary, DARE is handing over hatchery produced seabass seeds to farming women during his visit to CIBA
    Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon. DG ICAR and Secretary, DARE is handing over hatchery produced seabass seeds to farming women during his visit to CIBA
  • Dr. E.G. Silas, Founder Director CIBA & Former V.C, KAU unveiling the logo SCAFi on August 26, 2017 at Headquarters, Chennai
    Dr. E.G. Silas, Founder Director CIBA & Former V.C, KAU unveiling the logo SCAFi on August 26, 2017 at Headquarters, Chennai
  • Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Hon. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare releases the products developed by ICAR-CIBA during 89th ICAR foundation day celebrations in New Delhi
    Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Hon. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare releases the products developed by ICAR-CIBA during 89th ICAR foundation day celebrations in New Delhi
  • Farm reared mud crab, Scylla serrta: a potential candidate for lucrative brackishwater farming
    Farm reared mud crab, Scylla serrta: a potential candidate for lucrative brackishwater farming
  • Pond reared Mystus cat fish, Mystud gulio using captive bred seed in KRC, CIBA, West Bengal
    Pond reared Mystus cat fish, Mystud gulio using captive bred seed in KRC, CIBA, West Bengal
  • Non invasive sampling of gonads of milkfish broodstock at CIBA, Muttukadu – a skilled expertise in captive breeding of milkfish
    Non invasive sampling of gonads of milkfish broodstock at CIBA, Muttukadu – a skilled expertise in captive breeding of milkfish
  • Scanning electron micrograph of microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) of shrimp, continue to be disease of concern for shrimp farming in India
    Scanning electron micrograph of microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) of shrimp, continue to be disease of concern for shrimp farming in India
  • Pond reared Milkfish, Chanos chanos during sampling in Andhra Pradesh
    Pond reared Milkfish, Chanos chanos during sampling in Andhra Pradesh
  • Farmed vannamei shrimp with black gill disease is further screened for other OIE listed pathogens at National Referral Laboratory for Brackishwater Aquatic Animal Diseases, ICAR-CIBA .
    Farmed vannamei shrimp with black gill disease is further screened for other OIE listed pathogens at National Referral Laboratory for Brackishwater Aquatic Animal Diseases, ICAR-CIBA .

 Scientific-Staff 

ambasankar 
Ambasankar.K. Dr
Designation : Principal Scientist & In-charge of Nutrition Group
Discipline : Animal/Fish Nutrition
Division : Nutrition, Genetics and Biotechnology Division
Research areas: : Nutrient Requirements of Brackishwater finfish and shell fish
Feed processing technology
Feed additives for improved growth and FCR
Functional feeds for larvae and Broodstock
Brief profile:

After taking masters in Animal Nutrition in 1995 and entered into the ARS stream and working in CIBA since 1997 on Nutrition and Feed development for Brackishwater Aquaculture. I have obtained Ph.D after serving for four years at CIBA in Animal Nutrition in 2004. I currently work in division of Nutrition Genetics and Biotechnology Division in CIBA. I have worked on shrimp and seabass nutrition. I have contributed to the development of indigenous shrimp feed technology and seabass feed technology and these technologies have been commercialized. I have interests in Larval and Broodstock nutrition and working on feed development for feed for diversified species in Brackishwater aquaculture

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):

NoTitle Funded By
1Newer Feed resources and feed additives for development and improvement of shrimp and fish feedsInstitute
2Outreach Activity on Fish FeedsICAR
3Nutrient Profiling and Evaluation of Fish as a Dietary ComponentICAR
Recognitions (National & international level) :
  • Indigenous shrimp feed technology commercialized and resulted in good impact and visibility to CIBA and ICAR
  • Awarded “ICAR Award for outstanding Interdisciplinary Team Research in Agricultural and allied Sciences” for the year 2011-12 Awarded the young scientist award for the best research paper entitled “Assessment on the presence of toxic minerals and nutritional evaluation of amino acid / fatty acid profile in Sardine meal / oil to induce interventions for value added produce NAIP sponsored international training for 3 months in the area of nutraceuticals was undertaken in the lab of Brett Glencross, Stream Leader, Food future Flagships, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Institute, Cleveland Laboratories, Cleveland, Australia.
  • AS a course Director Organized one summer school for 2 days and one National level training under NAIP for 14 days with international expert

Best 5 Publications during the career:
  1. Ali, S. R., Ambasankar, K., Praveena, E., Nandakumar, S. and Syamadayal, J. (2015), Effect of dietary mannan oligosaccharide on growth, body composition, haematology and biochemical parameters of Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer). Aquaculture Research. doi: 10.1111/are.12933B
  2. Neeraj Kumar, P.S. Minhas, Ambasankar, K.K. Krishnani, and R. S. Rana, 2014. Dieatary Lecithin Potentiates thermal tolerance and cellular stress protection of Milk fish (Chanos chanos) reared under low dose endosulfan- induced stress. Journal of Thermal Biology, 46(2014): 40-46
  3. Ambasankar, K.,Ahamad Ali and J.Syamadayal, 2006. Effect of dietary phosphorus on growth and phosphorus excretion in Indian tiger shrimp, Asian Fisheries Science, 19: 21-26
  4. Ambasankar, K. and S.Ahamad Ali, Effect of dietary phosphorus on growth and phosphorus excretion in Indian white shrimp, J. Aqua. Trop., 17(2):119‑126
  5. Ambasankar,K. and V. Balakrishnan 2010. Influence of protected sardine oil on in vitro rumen fermentation and nutrient digestibility of complete diet. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences. 81(1): 88-90

Best 3 Publications during last 3 years:
  1. Ali, S. R., Ambasankar, K., Praveena, E., Nandakumar, S. and Syamadayal, J. (2015), Effect of dietary mannan oligosaccharide on growth, body composition, haematology and biochemical parameters of Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer). Aquaculture Research. doi: 10.1111/are.12933B
  2. Neeraj Kumar, P.S. Minhas, Ambasankar, K.K. Krishnani, and R. S. Rana, 2014. Dieatary Lecithin Potentiates thermal tolerance and cellular stress protection of Milk fish (Chanos chanos) reared under low dose endosulfan- induced stress. Journal of Thermal Biology, 46(2014): 40-46
  3. Syama Dayal, J., A.G. Ponniah, Imran Khan H., Madhu Babu E.P., K. Ambasankar and Kumarguru vasagam K.P. (2013). Shrimps - A nutritional perspective. Current Science 104 (11): 1487-1491

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Director's Message...
Present day Indian shrimp farming almost entirely depends on aquaculture of exotic white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei .
Sole dependence on a single species cast doubt about the sustainability of Indian shrimp farming.
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