• 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 

nilarekha 
Nila Rekha. P. Ms. Dr
Designation : Principal Scientist
Discipline : Soil and water conservation engineering
Division : Crustecean Culture Division
Specialization : Soil and water conservation engineering
Research areas:
  • Environmental impact, salinity intrusion in coastal watershed using GIS and modelling.
  • Shrimp farm mechanization with renewable energy , design of automatic feeder and RAS.
  • Wastewater management ,Seaweed bioremediation for brackishwater aquaculture.
Brief profile:

After taking masters in Agricultural engineering in 1995, registered for my PhD in the topic Impact assessment of effluent irrigation using GIS and RS at Center for water resources, Anna university . Subsequently joined CIBA in 1997 and worked on various issues of brackishwater aquaculture pertaining to the environment and aquaculture engineering. In the mean time completed PhD in Civil engineering in 2004. I currently work in Crustacean Culture Division in CIBA. I have worked on seepage control in brackishwater ponds , soil and water quality management of shrimp ponds , Environmental impact assessment of shrimp farming, using GIS , RS and spatial modelling , salinity monitoring , mapping using hyperspectral remote sensing , discharge water treatment using mangroves ,and seaweed bioremediation , RAS , BMP and biosecurity aspects of both hatchery and shrimp farms , I have contributed to the sustainable aquaculture by designing an automatic feeder for L. vannamei farm . I have interests in shrimp farm mechanization , environmental management of shrimp farms, seaweed culture, GIS and hyperspectral mapping and renewable energy sources for aquaculture.

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):

NoTitle Funded By
1 Seaweed bioremediation for RAS DST
2Outreach activity on shrimp feedsICAR
3 Technology upgradation and refinement for sustainable development of diversified systems and species of penaeid shrimp.Institute

Recognitions (National & international level) :
  • Norman Borlaug International training and fellowship – 2008 under Indo – US Agricultural Knowledge initiative and undergone training on non point source pollution modeling on watershed at IOWA, USA.
  • Travel fellowship-2009 by IOWA State University to attend International Conference SWAT-SEA at Bangkok during January 4-6 , 2009.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Award (National Award)for best Ph.D thesis during 2005 in Natural Resource Management by ICAR .Govt of India.
  • Best Presentation award – 2015 for the paper entitled Design and development of automatic feeder for shrimp farming in National conference on scientific tamil held during June 23-14 2015.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru memorial fund for the Ph.D programme during 1996-1997, CSIR-SRF by Govt of India during 1995-1996, National merit scholarship by State Govt, 1988.
Best 5 Publications during the career:
  1. Rekha,P.N., R. Gangadharan, P. Ravichandran, P. Mahalakshmi, A. Panigrahi, S.M. Pillai 2015. Assessment of impact of shrimp farming on coastal groundwater using Geographical Information System based, Analytical Hierarchy Process. Aquaculture 448 (2015) 491–506.
  2. Rekha,P.N.,P.Ravichandran,R. Gangadharan, J.H. Bhatt A. Panigrahi, S.M.Pillai and M. Jayanthi. (2013) Assessment of hydrogeochemical characteristics of groundwater in shrimp farming area in coastal Tamilnadu. Aquaculture International, DOI 10.1007/s10499-012-9618-1 ( NAAS rating -7.6).
  3. Rekha,P.N. R. S. Kanwar, A. K. Nayak C. K. Hoang and C. H. Pederson,(2011).Nitrate leaching to shallow groundwater systems from agricultural fields with different management practices. J. Environ. Monit.,2011, 13, 2550 (NAAS rating 7.8).
  4. Rekha,P.N and N.K. Ambujam,(2010). Farmers perception of treated paper mill effluent irrigation. Land degradation and development 21 (3) 228-238 ( NAAS rating).
  5. Rekha, P.N., N.K. Ambujam, K.K. Krishnani, V. Parimala, D.D. Vimala (2004) Groundwater quality in Paper mill effluent irrigated area with specific reference to organochlorine residues. Bull. Environ. Contam. and Toxicol. USA 72(2): 312-316. (NAAS rating 7.4)
Best 3 Publications during last 3 years:
  1. Rekha,P.N., R. Gangadharan, P. Ravichandran, P. Mahalakshmi, A. Panigrahi, S.M. Pillai 2015. Assessment of impact of shrimp farming on coastal groundwater using Geographical Information System based, Analytical Hierarchy Process. Aquaculture 448 (2015) 491–506.
  2. Rekha,P.N.,P.Ravichandran,R. Gangadharan, J.H. Bhatt A. Panigrahi, S.M.Pillai and M. Jayanthi. (2013) Assessment of hydrogeochemical characteristics of groundwater in shrimp farming area in coastal Tamilnadu. Aquaculture International, DOI 10.1007/s10499-012-9618-1 ( NAAS rating -7.6).
  3. Rekha,P.N. R. S. Kanwar, A. K. Nayak C. K. Hoang and C. H. Pederson,(2011).Nitrate leaching to shallow groundwater systems from agricultural fields with different management practices. J. Environ. Monit.,2011, 13, 2550 (NAAS rating 7.8).
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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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