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Faculty Member


Babita. Ms.

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Discipline: Aquaculture
Division: Finfish Culture Division
Specialization: Fish culture and reproductive physiology

Contact Me

Phone: +91-3210-255072
Fax: +91-3210-257030


Brief profile:

I am working with Fish Culture division after joining ICAR-CIBA in 2014. Previously, I have worked on the dynamics of the culture environment and its impact on fish reproductive physiology. I have been associated with the induced breeding programs on Milkfish and Spotted scat in this division as well as the production of live food organisms for their larval rearing. My broad interest areas are captive fish maturation, induced breeding, and larval rearing.

Research areas:

  • Fish reproductive physiology
  • Fish larval physiology
  • Live food organisms

Current Research Projects (3 important ones):


Funded By
1 Application of improved techniques for captive maturation, assessment of reproductive biology, system development for induced breeding, larval rearing and seed production of Brackishwater candidate finfish species Institute
2 Development of brackishwater aquariculture through optimisation of captive breeding protocols of potential and emerging ornamental fish species, technology transfer and livelihood generation ICAR – Network project
3 Cage aquaculture in Brackishwaters of Puducherry and Karaikal regions of Puducherry Union Territory – A feasibility study Institute

Recognitions (National & International)

Awarded Fellowship from Central Institute of Fisheries Education (2010)

Awarded Senior Research Fellowship from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (2013)

Selected for Agricultural Research Services (2013)

Best 5 Publications during the Career

Babita Mandal, R. Kumar, U.L. Mohanty and P. Jayasankar (2014). Optimization of hormone dosage and Sex ratio for spawning success in Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792). 10th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum. Book of Abstracts, 10th IFAF. Pp no.122

M.Kailsam, R.V. Borichangar, A. Bera, Babita (2015). Finfish candidate species for cage culture. Training Manual: Polyculture of Brackishwater Finfishes- an alternative entrepreneurship in coastal regions of Gujarat (TSP). ICAR- CIBA special publication : 78

Krishna Sukumaran, Kailasam M., Makesh M., Gouranga Biswas, Prem Kumar, Aritra Bera, Babita Mandal, Rekha M.U., Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G. and Vijayan K. (2015). Scope of Low volume cages in open water brackishwater finifish aquaculture. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 76.

Kailasam M., Krishna Sukumaran, Aritra Bera, Makesh M., Babita Mandal, Rekha M.U., Prem Kumar, Gouranga Biswas, Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G. and Vijayan K. K. (2015). Satellite nursery rearing of Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer): Bridging the gap between hatchery and farmer. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 88

Aritra Bera, Babita Mandal, Krishna Sukumaran, M. Makesh, Subburaj R., Thiagarajan G., Rajababu D., Kailasam M. (2015). Improved growth and reduced cannibalism in Asian Seabass Lates calcarifer fed with estradiol enriched feed. 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 119.

Babita Mandal, Aritra Bera, M. Makesh, Krishna Sukumaran, Rekha M.U., G. Thiagarajan, R. Subburaj and M. Kailasam. Effect of different light spectrum on Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer) larval cannibalism and growth, 2016. 11th National Symposium on Innovations in Coastal Agriculture-Current status and Potential under Changing Environment. Book of Abstracts. Pp no. 169 - 170.

Best 3 publications during last 3 years

Mandal, B., Kumar, R., Jayasankar, P., 2014. Efficacy of exogenous hormone (GnRHa) for induced breeding of climbing perch Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792) and the influence of operational sex ratio on spawning success. Animal Reproduction Science, Vol. 171, pp. 114-120.

Mandal, B., Sawant, P. B., Dasgupta, S., Chadha, N. K., Sundaray, J. K., Sawant, B. T., Bera, A., 2017. Deviation of habitat salinity during seasonal gonad recrudescence affects plasma sex steroid levels and suppresses gonadal maturation in a euryhaline fish Etroplus suratensis. Aquaculture Research, Vol. 48 (12), pp. 5973–5983.

Biswas, G., Sundaray, J.K., Bhattacharyya, S.B., Shyne Anand, P.S., Ghoshal, T.K., De, D., Kumar, Prem, Sukumaran, K., Bera, A., Mandal, B., Kailasam, M., 2017. Influence of feeding, periphyton and compost application on the performances of striped grey mullet (Mugil cephalus L.) fingerlings in fertilized brackishwater ponds. Aquaculture, Vol. 481, Pp. 64-71.