• 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 

saraswathy 
Saraswathy. R. Ms. Dr
Designation : Principal Scientist
Discipline : Soil Science - Pedology
Division : Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division
Specialization : Soil Science
Research areas:
  • Chemistry of water, soil and at sediment-water interface
  • Nutrient dynamics and budgeting in aquaculture
  • Tracer studies (15N)
  • Nano science & Nanotechnology
  • Climate change related with aquaculture
Brief profile:

After completing masters in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from TNAU in 1996 and PhD in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from TNAU in 2003, I am working in CIBA since 2003 (1998 to 2003 in CSWCRTI, Dehradun). I currently work in Environment section of Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division in CIBA. I have worked on nutrient dynamics, nitrogen budgeting, 15N tracer studies, soil-water interface, water budgeting, carbon sequestration in pond sediment and used as agriculture manure, aquaculture disused ponds and anti-bacterial properties of nano particles. I have contributed to developing management practices for soil and water quality management, nutrient budgeting, and 15N tracer studies. I have interests in nano technology, soil profiling and application of cutting edge technologies in aquaculture.

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):

NoTitle Funded By
1Development of water and soil health card for environmental management of Brackishwater aquaculture systemsInstitute
2National innovations in Climate Resilient AgricultureICAR
3All India Network Project on Fish HealthICAR

Recognitions (National & international level) :
  • Recipient of Brandis prize in 2004 for the best research paper entitled “Residual Effect of Agroforestry Land uses on Soil Fertility” published during 2003 in the field of Silviculture associated with The Indian Forester.
  • Recipient of best paper award in the International conference on “Advanced Nanomaterials and Emerging Engineering Technologies” organized by Sathyabama University in association with DRDO.
  • Serving as a journal editor for International journal of Bio-resource and stress management.
  • Recognized by University of Madras to guide students for Ph.D
Best 5 Publications during the career:
  1. Saraswathy, R., Pandiyan, K., Muralidhar, M., Thulasi, D., Jeba, M., Lalitha, N., Nagavel, A. and Ponniah, A.G. 2013. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles against Vibrio harveyi. Indian J. Fish., 107-112.
  2. Saraswathy, R., Muralidhar, M., Kailasam, M., Ravichandran, P., Gupta, B.P., Krishnani, K.K., Ponniah, A.G., Sundaray, J.K., Panigrahi, A., Nagavel, A. 2013. Effect of stocking density on soil, water quality and nitrogen budget in Penaeus monodon(Fabricius, 1798) culture under zero water exchange system. Aquaculture Research. 44: 1578-1588.
  3. Saraswathy, R., Muralidhar, M., Ravichandran, P., Lalitha, N., Kanaga Sabapathy, V and Nagavel, A. 2013. Plankton diversity in Litopenaeus vannamei cultured ponds. International Journal of Bio-resource and Stress Management. 4 (2): 114-118.
  4. Saraswathy, R., Muralidhar, M., Ravichandran, P., Ponniah, A.G., Panigrahi, A., Kailasam, M., Nagavel,A.. 2012. Studies on the effect of nutrient level on phytoplankton population in zero water exchange shrimp culture farms. Indian J. Fish., 59 (2): 115-120.
  5. Muralidhar M., Kumaran, M., Ashok Kumar., SyamaDayal, J., Jayanthi, M., Saraswathy, R., Lalitha, N., Panigrahi, A., Sreenivasa Rao., Muniyandi, B. and Murugan, P. 2013. Climate change and coastal aquaculture in West Godavari District: Andhra Pradesh: Impacts, vulnerability, adaptations and mitigations for resilience. Journal of Agrometeorology, 15: 116-122
Best 3 Publications during last 3 years:
  1. Saraswathy, R., Pandiyan, K., Muralidhar, M., Thulasi, D., Jeba, M., Lalitha, N., Nagavel, A. and Ponniah, A.G. 2013. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles against Vibrio harveyi. Indian J. Fish., 107-112.
  2. Saraswathy, R., Muralidhar, M., Kailasam, M., Ravichandran, P., Gupta, B.P., Krishnani, K.K., Ponniah, A.G., Sundaray, J.K., Panigrahi, A., Nagavel, A. 2013. Effect of stocking density on soil, water quality and nitrogen budget in Penaeus monodon(Fabricius, 1798) culture under zero water exchange system. Aquaculture Research. 44: 1578-1588.
  3. Saraswathy, R., Muralidhar, M., Ravichandran, P., Lalitha, N., Kanaga Sabapathy, V and Nagavel, A. 2013. Plankton diversity in Litopenaeus vannamei cultured ponds. International Journal of Bio-resource and Stress Management. 4 (2): 114-118.
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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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