February 24, 2020
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Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division


Managing aquatic animal health and its environment plays a crucial role in the outcome of aquaculture productions. Research on brackishwater aquatic animal health and environment was initiated at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture since 1990. Since then the division has grown leaps and bounds in terms of expertise, manpower and facilities. The Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division or the AAHED in short, has scientists with all relevant specialities and expertise in Microbiology, Virology, Pathology, Parasitology, Biotechnology, Molecular Diagnostics, Soil and water Chemistry, Environment and Aquaculture. The AAHED has state of the art laboratory facilities for carrying out cutting edge research in frontier areas on aquatic animal health and environment management including diagnostics, prophylactics and health management in brackishwater aquaculture.

The advanced facilities have been developed with funding support from ICAR, National Agricultural Research Project (NARP), World Bank, National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP), All India Network Project on Fish health (AINP), Consortia Research Platform on Diagnostics and Vaccines (CRP-D&V), National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project, Department of Biotechnology and National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) with dedicated efforts of scientists. A well designed wet lab is also in place for carrying out live aquatic animal experiments and evaluating Koch’s and River’s postulates.

The AAHED has the mandate to carry out research on (i) economically impacting diseases of brackishwater culture species and develop technologies for rapid diagnosis, prophylaxis and control; (ii) brackishwater aquaculture environment and develop mitigatory measures as required; and (iii) provide technical and policy support to the Government on matters pertaining to aquatic animal health and environment management to improve aquaculture productivity.

The AAHED of CIBA was the first to commercialise a diagnostic kit for the diagnosis of the dreaded white spot disease of shrimp to a premier Biotechnology company in the year 2002. AAHED has the expertise and capacity to carry out all the proposed levels of diagnostics of OIE listed brackishwater pathogens, and has been serving as a National Referral Laboratory to the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India. AAHED made a pivotal contribution to the import risk analysis (IRA) of Pacific white shrimp into India, which has resulted in quadrupling aquaculture production in the country.

The environment section of AAHED has the expertise to look into all aspects of abiotic parameters related to brackishwater aquaculture. Novel methods have been developed for the bioremediation and environmental monitoring of the brackishwater rearing systems, including hatcheries and grow-out farms. The section has developed climate-smart solutions such as carrying capacity assessment tools for optimisation of brackishwater aquaculture development. The unit has expertise in climate-related matters and capacity for environmental impact assessment.

AAHED, CIBA has been carrying out research on various aspects of prophylactics and therapeutics of brackishwater aquatic animal diseases and has published over 140 research publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, produced 18 Ph. Ds, who are currently employed in key positions in various Institutions in India and abroad. The AAHED since its inception has led the way on brackishwater aquatic animal health management in the country.








Principal Scientist & Head
Email: alavandi@ciba.res.in
Phone : +91- 044 - 24618817Ext-208


Dr.K.P Jithendran, Principal Scientist
Dr.M.Muralidhar, Principal Scientist
Dr.Ms. M.Poornima, Principal Scientist
Dr.Ms.R.Saraswathy, Principal Scientist
Dr. P.K.Patil, Principal Scientist
Dr. S.K. Otta, Principal Scientist
Dr. Sanjoy Das, Principal Scientist
Dr. R.Ananda Raja, Scientist
Dr. Sujeet Kumar, Scientist
Dr.Ms. Ezhil Praveena, Scientist
Dr.Ms. T.Bhuvaneswari, Scientist
Dr.Ms. N. Lalitha, Scientist
Dr.P. Kumararaja, Scientist
Dr. Satheesha Avunje, Scientist
Dr.Mrs. Vidya Rajendran, Scientist
Smt. R. Mary Lini, Scientist
Shri. T. Sathish Kumar, Scientist
Ms. Suvana Sukumaran, Scientist


Dr.Joseph Sahayarajan J
Dr.Nagavel. A
Mr.Jagan Mohan Raj, N


Shri Mathivanan R.
Shri Sakthivel M.


Nested PCR kit for detection of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in shrimp 

Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) causes hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis in farmed shrimp and has been a growing concern world over, including India.  Read More

Improved WSSV - PCR diagnostic kit 

A simple, sensitive, cost effective and user-friendly improved WSSV - PCR diagnostic kit has been developed based on TATA-box binding protein gene of WSSV.  Read More


CIBAMOX is a water probiotic containing an innovative combination of autotrophic ammonia oxidizing, nitrite-oxidizing and denitrifying bacterial consortia from coastal environments, selected for their fast growth and high yield and enhanced detoxification efficiency under standard conditions developed for mitigation of nitrogenous wastes in aquaculture ponds. Read More


LUMIPhage is the phage therapy technology for biocontrol of pathogenic vibrios in shrimp hatcheries. The technology has been developed using bacteriophages (or phages in short, are viruses that selectively infect and kill bacteria) capable of against the luminescent bacteria of genus Vibrio. Read More

ẞ - NOVA RT-PCR kit 

The ß-Nova RT-PCR kit has been developed for early detection of viral nervous necrosis (VNN) of finfish, caused by beta-nodavirus.Read More

Diagnostic Kit for White Muscle Disease (WMD) of Giant Freshwater Prawn

A nucleic acid based rtPCR diagnostic kit for white muscle disease of scampi Macrobrachium rosenbergii was developed based on the genomic sequence information generated from Indian strain of Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus. Read More

Nested PCR diagnostic kit for detection of WSSV

A nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit for the detection of WSSV of shrimp was developed based on the sequence of genomic fragment of Indian strain of WSSV.
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Carrying Capacity Estimation of Waterbodies

CarryCap, the decision support online tool helps in the estimation of carrying capacity (CC) of source water bodies for optimization of brackishwater aquaculture development.  Read More

Development of Multiparameter water analysis kit

Multiparameter Water Analysis Kit for analysis of dissolved oxygen, ammonia as TAN, nitrite, calcium & magnesium minerals, total hardness, carbonate, bicarbonate and total alkalinity in source waters and culture ponds. The kit works in a wide range of aquatic environment viz., freshwater, brackish water, and marine water.


2018: LAMP test developed for rapid detection of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) of shrimp.
2017: Draft Genome Sequence of the Luminescent Strain of Vibrio campbellii LB102, deciphered. 
2016Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP), an merging pathogen in brackishwater aquaculture, detected in Indian brackishwater aquaculture. 
2015: Protocols for enumeration of viruses in brackishwater bodies standardized. 
2014: RNA interference technology using dsRNA targeting the structural and non-structural genes and their antiviral effects against WSD and MBV established. 
2014: Occurrence of WSSV genotypes with respect to variable number tandem repeats (VNTRs) across different geographical locations and wild and cultured crab and shrimp species documented. 
2013: Freedom from acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) or early mortality syndrome (EMS) of farmed shrimp in brackishwater aquaculture in India demonstrated. 
2013: Information on the viability of WSSV in aquaculture ecosystem generated. 
2013: The economic impact of diseases in brackishwater aquaculture during 2005-07 was estimated to be 48717 metric tonnes of product valued to the tune of Rs.1022.13 crore per year. 
2009: Software for the estimation of carrying capacity of water body for shrimp farming developed. 
2008: Import risk analysis (IRA) of Penaeus (Litopenaeus) vannamei conducted for the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries (DADF), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. 
2008: WSSV-PCR ring testing among Aqua PCR labs conducted in collaboration with MPEDA. 
2007: The mysis 2 stage was identified as the crucial stage for the attack of luminescent bacterial disease in shrimp hatcheries. 
2005,2008: Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) for aquaculture introduced. 
2005: Piscine nodavirus detected in finfish in the Indian sub-continent. 
2005: Harmonisation of WSSV PCR testing by Aqua PCR labs conducted in collaboration with CSIRO/NACA and MPEDA. 
2005: Polychaete worms identified as important vectors of WSSV. 
2004: Criteria for the selection of microbes as candidate probiotics require a re-look 
1999: Host range of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in shrimp, prawns, crabs and lobsters revealed. 
1995: A comprehensive bulletin on the diseases of shrimp, their diagnosis, prevention and control published. 
1994: Mass mortality of tiger shrimp farms located along the Kandaleru creek in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh was diagnosed as Infectious hepatopancreatic and lymphoid organ necrosis (IHLN), a disease similar to yellow head. 
1994: Monodon baculovirus (MBV) detected in Indian white shrimp P. indicus for the first time. 
1992: Mortality of giant tiger shrimp in TASPARC shrimp farms at Nellore diagnosed due to bacterial septicaemia. 


  1. Annual Review Meeting of CRP on Vaccines and Diagnostics 30-31, October, 2018
  2. Sensitization Training on “Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) detection of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in shrimp” 17th and 18th of August 2017.
  3. Secretary DARE and DG ICAR Dr.Trilochan Mohapatra released a DNA based diagnostic kit for the screening of EHP disease of shrimp on 7th August 2017.
  4. Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh Releases of CIBAMOX at 89th Foundation day celebrations of ICAR on 16th July 2017.
  5. Training programme on “Recent advances in soil and water management in brackishwater aquaculture” held from 20th to 24th June to 2017
  6. Improved version of White Spot Syndrome (WSSV) diagnostic kit Technology Transfer to Start-up Company ‘Aura Biotechnologies Limited, Chennai on 11th May 2017. 
  7. Training Programme for Export Inspection Agency (EIA) officials on “Field level diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases of shrimp and finfish in brackishwater aquaculture” conducted on 19th and 20th January 2017.
  8. A National Seminar on ‘Prophylaxis in Aquaculture’ organised on 16th November 2016.
  9. Training workshop – cum – Aquaculture Health Camp on “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures in Brackishwater Aquaculture’’ in Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu organised on 28th September, 2016.
  10. A National workshop on ‘Capacity building and harmonisation of PCR diagnosis of aquatic animal diseases’ conducted from 3rd to 5th October 2016. 
  11. Aquaculture Health Camp organised at Chinnathumbur village in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu on 19th August 2016.
  12. A National Workshop on Antibiotic Residue Issue in Shrimp Aquaculture organised on 18th August 2016. 
  13. A National Consultation on Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND) of Shrimps conducted on 16th June 2016.
  14. A National workshop on antibiotic residue analysis in aquatic environment was organized by CIBA and CIFT on 12th February 2016. 
  15. A National Consultation on the Management of the emerging pathogen, Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP)and related issues in Indian Shrimp aquaculture sector, was held on 19th January 2016
  16. Distribution of soil and water health card to aquaculture farmers begins on 19th December, 2015. 
  17. Forging new partnerships: A MoU signed with Seafood Exporters Association of India (SEAI) to ensure quality of shrimp on 17th December 2015
  18. Dedicated Hands-on training programme on "Aquatic Animal Health Management in Brackishwater Aquaculture" conducted from 30th November to 5th December 2015. 
  19. All India Network Project on Fish Health (AINP) launched on June 20, 2015.