Centre for Research on Aquatic Resources

Research, Consultancy & Extension

The CRAR has been very active in carrying out various programmes to fulfill its founding objectives. The research, consultancy and extension activities of the Centre are provided below:

Research leading to Ph. D

The following persons have carried out research leading to Ph. D under the supervision of Dr. G. Nagendra Prabhu

  • Dr. Suresh Chandra Kurup – Ph. D in Zoology from University of Kerala (March 2008). Topic of research “Cellulase production by selected bacteria using Eichhornia crassipes as substrate under SSF”.
  • Snishamol. C – Ph. D in Zoology from University of Kerala (February 2013). Topic of research “Use of Salvinia molesta as solid substrate for cellulase production using selected bacteria under SSF”.
  • Bindu. P. Pursuing Ph. D Topic of research “Siderophore production by bacteria from Kuttanad”.
  • Masters Projects (selected ones only)

  • Isolation and characterization of cellulolytic bacteria associated with common aquatic weeds of Kerala.
    (Ms. Snishamol. C 2002, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India)
  • Bacteriological analysis of municipal and college water supplies
    (Ms. Salini. S 2003, University of Kerala, India)
  • Bacteriological analysis of some locally made soft drinks of Alleppey district.
    (Ms. Jissa G. Krishna 2003, University of Kerala, India)
  • Cellulase production by native microflora under solid state fermentation using Salvinia as substrate.
    (Mr. Jnanesh. H. Pai 2003, Bangalore University, India)
  • Chemical and microbiological analysis of water from Reverse Osmosis Plants in Alleppey.
    (Ms. Nisha. M. N & Babby Mohan 2008, University of Kerala, India)
  • RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN

    • “Economic utilisation of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) through solid state fermentation”. Funded by State Committee on Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Kerala. August 1998-2000. Grant amount: Rs. 25,000/- (Initial seed grant).
    • “Cellulase production by native microflora using water hyacinth as substrate under solid state fermentation”. Funded by Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India under the FAST TRACK Scheme for Young Scientists, July 2001-03. Grant amount: Rs. 8,15,000/-.
    • Cellulase production by selected bacteria using Salvinia molesta as solid substrate under SSF. Funded by UGC, Govt. of India under the Minor Research Project Scheme, Govt. of India, June 2009-11. Grant amount: Rs. 95,000/-.
    • “Development of a solid state fermentation technology for cellulase production using Salvinia molesta as substrate”. Funded by KSCSTE, Govt. of Kerala under the Young Investigators Programme in Biotechnology. May 2009 – May 2012. Grant amount: Rs. 12,02,300/-.
    • “Valorization of aquatic weeds through appropriate technologies”. Funded by Kerala State Committee on Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Kerala under the Rural Technology Programme. June 2013-May 2015. Grant amount: Rs. 4,00,000/-.
    • “Awareness Programmes and Workshops Value Addition of Aquatic Weeds”. Funded by Kerala State Committee on Science, Technology & Environment, Govt. of Kerala under the Science Popularization Programme. February 2016. Grant amount: Rs.2,00,000/-.

    Consultancy & Extension

    The Centre is active in offering consultancy & extension services to the needy students, teachers and other researchers in the area of aquatic resources. Numerous demonstrations and exhibitions have been conducted by the Centre at different venues. The major ones include:

  • Demonstration of technologies developed at CRAR at the Kerala State Science & Technology Museum, Trivandrum – 4th December 2015.
  • Exhibition of products developed at CRAR in the State Agri-Horti Exhibitions of 2013, 14 & 15 at S D V School Grounds.
  • Exhibition of products developed at CRAR in the Science Exhibition at TKMM College, Nangiarkulangara, Kerala during September 2015.
  • Lecture demonstration at various Colleges and Universities across Kerala.
  • Press Reports and Publications

    The activities of the Centre have received much coverage in the print, visual and electronic media for the past several years. Some news paper reports, radio interviews, TV news and others are provided below:

  • Interview with All India Radio, Kochi FM – 2014
  • Interview with Radio Media Village 90.8 FM – 2016
  • Radio talk at All India Radio, Trivandrum – 2014
  • TV News report in Doordarshan, Trivandrum
  • TV News report in Surya TV
  • Popular Articles

  • Kulavaazha – ozhiyabadhayo kalpasasyamo ? – Samakalika Janpadhom, Govt. of Kerala, June 2015.
  • “Vellathil Koyyam” – Malayala Manorama Daily, All editions. August 11, 2014.
  • “Vellathilumaakam Krishi” – Mathrubhumi Daily, All editions. December 13, 2014.
  • «Kulavaazhaye upayogathilude niyanthrikkam» – Deshabhimani, January 8, 2009.
  • «Kulavaazhayum varumana margangalum»- Deshabhimani, January 15, 2009.
  • Books published

    Bacterial cellulase production under solid state fermentation – Eichhornia crassipes as substrate.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu and R. Suresh Chandra Kurup
    Lambert Academic Publishers, Germany
    ISBN 978-3-8473-3760-7 February 2012

    Book chapters written

    1. Mushroom cultivation using aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    Anoop Kumar. V, Sreelakshmi. T. P, Azmi. T, Bindu. P, Unnikrishna Pillai. P. R and G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Proceedings of National Symposium on Emerging Trends in Biotechnology
    ISBN 978-93-80095-47-9, 2014, 166-176

    2. Preliminary characterization of Siderophone producing bacteria isolated from Kuttand, Kerala.

    Bindu. P and G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Proceedings of National Symposium in Biotechnology
    ISBN 978-93-80095-39-4, 2012, 7-13

    3. Valorization of seafood processing by-products by biological methods.

    Suresh P. V and G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Valorization of Food Processing By-products
    CRC-Taylor Press, New York, 2012; ISBN: 9781439848852. pp. 685-736.

    4. Backwater tourism in Kerala with special reference to Alappuzha – major threats and remedies.

    C. Snishamol, S. Jayadev, R. Suresh Chandra Kurup and G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Tourism Trends and Strategies
    Sonali Publications, New Delhi
    2011, pp 97-111: ISBN 978-81-8411-370-1

    5. Development of New Laccase-mediators for Pulp Bleaching.

    Li, K.; Prabhu, N. G.; Cooper, D. A.; Xu, F.; Elder, T. and Eriksson, K. E. L.
    Oxidative Delignification Chemistry – Fundamentals and Catalysis
    American Chemical Society, 2001, pp. 400 – 412 Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0841237387

    6. Use of inert supports in solid state fermentation – a polystyrene experiment.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu & M. Chandrasekaran
    Advances in Biotechnology
    Educational Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi 1998, pp. 51 – 57

    Number of papers published in peer reviewed International Journals with Impact Factor

    1. Process parameters influencing tannase production by Aspergillus niger using mangrove (Rhizophora apiculata) bark in solid substrate fermentation

    Tan Wee Yee, Nagendra G. Prabhu, Jain, K. and Darah Ibrahim
    African Journal of Biotechnology 2011, 10 (61), 13147-13154
    Impact Factor – 0.57

    2. Value addition of agro-industrial wastes using solid state fermentation technology – problems and possibilities with special reference to Malaysia.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Journal of Science & Technology in the Tropics. 2006, 2 (2), 119-123.
    Impact Factor – NA

    3. Cellulase production by native bacteria using water hyacinth as substrate under solid state fermentation

    R. Suresh Chandra Kurup, C. Snishamol and G. Nagendra Prabhu
    Malaysian Journal of Microbiology 2005 Vol. 1 (2) 25-29.
    Impact Factor – 0.025

    4. Purification and characterisation of an anticancer enzyme produced by marine Vibrio costicola under a novel solid state fermentation process.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu & M. Chandrasekaran
    Brazilian Archives of Biology & Technology, 1999, 42: 3, 363-367
    Impact Factor – 0.55

    5. Impact of process parameters on L-glutaminase production by marine Vibrio costicola in solid state fermentation using polystyrene as an inert support.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu & M. Chandrasekaran
    Process Biochemistry, 1997, 32: 4, 285-289
    Impact Factor – 2.516

    6. L-Glutaminase production by marine Vibrio costicola under solid state fermentation using different substrates.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu & M. Chandrasekaran
    Journal of Marine Biotechnology, 1996, 4: 176-179
    Impact Factor – 3.269

    7. Cobalt (II) and Copper (II) complexes of 1-nitrobenzyl-2-nitrophenyl benzimidazole: Synthesis, Characterisation and Antibacterial activity studies.

    N. Saravanan, K.K.M. Yusuff, P. V. Suresh & G.N. Prabhu
    Synthesis and Reactivity in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry 1996, 26:5, 901-926
    Impact Factor – 0.533

    8. Polystyrene – an inert carrier for L-glutaminase production by marine Vibrio costicola under solid state fermentation.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu & M. Chandrasekaran
    World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 1995, 11: 683-684
    Impact Factor – 1.78

    Number of papers published in peer reviewed National Journals with Impact Factor

    1. Indian initiatives in Biotechnology.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu
    South Asian Journal of Socio Political Studies. 2003, 4 (1), 96-120.
    Impact Factor – NA

    2. Solid state fermentation – a suitable biotechnology for the optimal utilization of agro-industrial and fishery wastes of Kerala.

    G. Nagendra Prabhu
    South Asian Journal of Socio Political Studies. 2003, 3 (2), 103-105.
    Impact Factor – NA

    3. Bioconversion of ligno-cellulosic materials

    Everyman’s Science Vol. 38, No. 6, 354-356 Feb/March, 2004
    Impact Factor – NA

    Papers presented in International Conferences held outside the country

    1. Value addition of agro-industrial wastes using solid state fermentation technology – problems and possibilities.

    2nd International Conference on Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
    December 8-10, 2005, Sabah, Malaysia

    2. Cellulase production by native bacteria using aquatic weeds as substrate under solid state fermentation.

    International Seminar on Solid State Fermentation
    October 4-6, 2004, Penang, Malaysia

    3. Use of nutritionally inert supports in solid state fermentation.

    14th International Biotechnology Seminar
    December 11-13, 2003, Penang, Malaysia

    Papers presented in International Conferences held inside the country

    1. Simultaneous production of Polysaccharases and L-Glutaminase by marine Vibrio costicola ACMR 267 during solid state fermentation (Poster).

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    2. Production of L-glutaminase by marine Vibrio costicola ACMR 267 using different substrates under solid state fermentation (Poster).

    International Conference on Microbiology
    Mysore, November 9-12, 1994

    3. Characterisation of L-glutaminase from marine Vibrio costicola (Poster).

    16th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    New Delhi, September 19-22, 1994

    4. Use of inert supports in solid state fermentation – a polystyrene experiment (Poster).

    The International Conference on Frontiers in Biotechnology
    Trivandrum, Nov. 26-29, 1997

    5. The role of solid state fermentation in bioconversion of agro-industrial and fishery wastes in Kerala, S. India – A case for further study (Poster).

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    6. Utilisation of water hyacinth for cellulase production using native microflora under SSF (Poster).
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    7. Downstream processing strategies for penicillin G acylase by E. coli 5k pHM12 (Oral).

    International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology
    Trivandrum, April 18-21, 2001.

    8. Marine Microbiology – Past, Present and Future.

    International Symposium on Marine Biotechnology
    Kodakara, Trichur, October 1-3, 2009.

    9. Bioresource utilization through solid state fermentation.

    International Symposium on Bioprocess Engineering
    Kodakara, Trichur, October 1-4, 2010.

    10. Utilization of common aquatic weeds of Kerala by appropriate technologies.

    International Conference on Green Path to Sustainability
    Changanassery, July 11-13, 2010

    11. Value addition of aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    International Conference on Biosciences
    11-12 September 2014. Kumarakom

    12. Process parameters influencing Tannase production.

    International Conference on New Horizons in Biotechnology
    November 21-24, 2011, Trivandrum

    13. Utilization of aquatic weeds of Kerala

    International Seminar on Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Plant Biomass through Biotechnology Cherthala, 13-15 December, 2012

    14. Isolation of siderophore producing bacteria from Kuttand.

    International Conference on Integrative and Comparative Physiology
    Trivandrum, 18-20 December 2013

    15. Value addition of aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    International Conference on Biosciences
    11 September 2014. Kumarakom

    Papers presented in National Conferences held outside the State

    1. Isolation and preliminary characterisation of cellulolytic bacteria associated with common aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    AMI Annual Conference on Microbial Biotechnology
    Gulbarga, November 9th -11th 2001

    2. Cellulase enzyme production by bacteria isolated from aquatic weeds.

    Young Scientist Award Lecture
    AMI Annual Conference
    Hisar, November 2002

    3. Utilization of common aquatic weeds of Kerala by appropriate technologies – with special reference to Kerala.

    National Conference on Modern Biology & Environment
    Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, February 7-8, 2013

    Papers presented in State Conferences

    1. L-Glutaminase production by marine Vibrio costicola using copra cake under solid state fermentation.

    National Symposium on the Relevance of Biotechnology in Industry
    Cochin, March 4-5, 1995

    2. Relevance of solid state fermentation in Kerala

    National Seminar on Phytochemicals & Nutrition
    Trivandrum, January 8th, 2001

    3. Strategies for economic utilisation of aquatic weeds of Kerala (Oral).

    National Seminar on Kuttanad Development
    Edathua, Alleppey, 22-24th November 2001

    4. Optimal utilisation of agro-industrial and fishery wastes of Kerala through solid state fermentation.

    National Seminar on Biotechnology in Industry
    Cochin, September 19-20, 2002

    5. Strategies for the utilization of aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    National Seminar on Current Trends in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    Changanassery, March 4-5, 2011

    6. Economic utilization of aquatic weeds.

    National Seminar on Biotechnology and Information Technology
    Palakkad, 22-23, January, 2013

    7. Biotechnology in Forensic Sciences.

    National Workshop on Forensic Science in Investigation & Trial
    Ernakulam January 23-25, 2012

    8. Siderophore production by bacteria isolated from Kuttanad.

    National Seminar on Integrative Biotechnology & Microbiology
    Trivandrum, 19 December 2014

    9. Valorization of aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    National Seminar on Advances in Biotechnology
    Dec. 15-16, 2014, Cochin

    10. Mushroom cultivation using aquatic weeds of Kerala.

    National Symposium on Recent Trends in Biotechnology
    Cochin. January 22-23, 2014