• 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. 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. 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 .
  • Pond reared mud crab ready for marketing in the hands of tribal women at Sorlagondi village, Nagayalanka, Andhra Pradesh
    Pond reared mud crab ready for marketing in the hands of tribal women at Sorlagondi village, Nagayalanka, Andhra Pradesh
  • Seabass nursery rearing demonstration at Onjal village, Navsari, Gujrat
    Seabass nursery rearing demonstration at Onjal village, Navsari, Gujrat
  • Vannamei shrimp
    Vannamei shrimp
  • Nurserry rearing of seabass fry in hapas with active participation of women farmers at Pazhaverkadu, Tamil Nadu
    Nurserry rearing of seabass fry in hapas with active participation of women farmers at Pazhaverkadu, Tamil Nadu
  • Pile of farm-reared seabass harvested from pond in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh using hatchery produced seeds
    Pile of farm-reared seabass harvested from pond in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh using hatchery produced seeds

 Scientific-Staff 

babita 
Babita. Ms.
Designation : Scientist
Discipline : Aquaculture
Division : Finfish Culture Division
Specialization : Fish culture and reproductive physiology
Research areas:
  • Fish physiology
  • Fish breeding
  • Live food organisms
Brief profile:

After completing masters with specialization in Aquaculture (2012) I have joined CIBA in 2014. In ICAR-CIBA, I am working in Finfish Culture division. Presently, I am working on larval rearing and live food organisms. In Past, I have worked on fish physiology in changing environment and its impact on maturation. My broad interest areas are fish maturation, breeding and larval rearing.

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):

NoTitle Funded By
1 Evaluation of reproductive biology, breeding, larval biology and seed production of candidate finfish species for brackishwater aquaculture developmentInstitute
2Development and refinement of finfish culture technologies for sustainable brackishwater aquaculture developmentInstitute
3Biotechnological interventions and application of bioinformatic tools for improvement of brackishwater fish and shellfishInstitute

Recognitions (National & international level) :
  • Selected for Agricultural Research Services (2013)
  • Awarded Indian Council of Agricultural Research –Senior Research Fellowship (2013)
  • Awarded Fellowship from Central Institute of Fisheries Education (2010)
Best 5 Publications during the career:
  1. Babita Mandal, R. Kumar, U.L. Mohanty and P. Jayasankar (2014). Optimization of hormone dosage and Sex ratio for spawning success in Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792). 10th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum. Book of Abstracts, 10th IFAF. Pp no.122
  2. M.Kailsam, R.V. Borichangar, A. Bera, Babita (2015). Finfish candidate species for cage culture. Training Manual: Polyculture of Brackishwater Finfishes- an alternative entrepreneurship in coastal regions of Gujarat (TSP). ICAR- CIBA special publication : 78
  3. Krishna Sukumaran, Kailasam M., Makesh M., Gouranga Biswas, Prem Kumar, Aritra Bera, Babita Mandal, Rekha M.U., Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G. and Vijayan K. (2015). Scope of Low volume cages in open water brackishwater finifish aquaculture. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 76.
  4. Kailasam M., Krishna Sukumaran, Aritra Bera, Makesh M., Babita Mandal, Rekha M.U., Prem Kumar, Gouranga Biswas, Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G. and Vijayan K. K. (2015). Satellite nursery rearing of Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer): Bridging the gap between hatchery and farmer. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 88
  5. Aritra Bera, Babita Mandal, Krishna Sukumaran, M. Makesh, Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G., Rajababu D., Kailasam M. (2015). Improved growth and reduced cannibalism in Asian Seabass Lates calcarifer fed with estradiol enriched feed. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 119.
  6. Babita Mandal, Aritra Bera, M. Makesh, Krishna Sukumaran, Rekha M.U., G. Thiagarajan, R. Subburaj and M. Kailasam. Effect of different light spectrum on Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer) larval cannibalism and growth, 2016. 11th National Symposium on Innovations in Coastal Agriculture-Current status and Potential under Changing Environment. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 169 - 170.
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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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