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  • 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 

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. Krithika, G, Saraswathy, R, Muralidhar, M, Thulasi, D, Lalitha, N, Kumararaja, P, Nagavel, A, Arun Balaji and Jayavel, R 2017. ZincOxide Nanoparticles-Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Activity. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 17 (8): 5209-5216
  2. Saraswathy, R, Ravisankar, T, Ravichandran, P, Vimala, D.D, Jayanthi, M, Muralidhar, M, Manohar, C, Vijay, M and Santha rupan, T. C 2016. Assessment of soil and source water characteristics of disused shrimp ponds in selected coastal states of India and their suitability for resuming aquaculture. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 63 (2), 118-122.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Best 3 Publications during last 3 years:
  1. Krithika, G, Saraswathy, R, Muralidhar, M, Thulasi, D, Lalitha, N, Kumararaja, P, Nagavel, A, Arun Balaji and Jayavel, R 2017. ZincOxide Nanoparticles-Synthesis, Characterization and Antibacterial Activity. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 17 (8): 5209-5216
  2. Saraswathy, R, Ravisankar, T, Ravichandran, P, Vimala, D.D, Jayanthi, M, Muralidhar, M, Manohar, C, Vijay, M and Santha rupan, T. C 2016. Assessment of soil and source water characteristics of disused shrimp ponds in selected coastal states of India and their suitability for resuming aquaculture. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 63 (2), 118-122.
  3. Thulasi, D, Saraswathy, R and Muralidhar, M. 2017. Isolation, Purification and Immobilization of Sulfide oxidase from Alcaligenes faecalis. Indian Journal of Applied Research. 7(8): 139-141.
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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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