राजीव गांधी जलकृषि केंद्र

(Aquaculture Technology Incubation Centre of MPEDA)
(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Affiliated by Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India.


Central Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory

Central Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory (CAGL) of RGCA established at RGCA-HQ during 2011. This is the first and only Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory in India Accredited by NABL as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017

DNA extraction facility of Central Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory
Gel documentation system of Central Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory

Major Objectives

Development of molecular markers for aquaculture species and their products which could benefit fair trade by providing traceability, verifiability, certification, guarantee and purity.

To support various RGCA projects for genetic data management for Selective Breeding and assisting in Genetic Improvement Programmes.

To conduct genetic population studies to ensure the genetic variability required for Founder Population selection for breeding programmes.

To provide partial gene sequencing services to various Institutes, Universities and colleges.

To conduct regular hands-on training programmes on advance molecular markers as a part of Skill Development activities.

Salient features of Genetics Laboratory

CAGL is extremely well equipped with modern equipment (such as automatic DNA extractor, automatic Electrophoresis system, automatic Genetic Analyzer or Sequencer etc.) for contemporary research on molecular & cellular biology and genetics.

The lab is having gene Cloning facility and regularly providing partial sequence gene sequencing services and hands-on training on advance molecular markers.

CAGL has been playing a pivotal role in implementing genetics aspects in selective breeding programmes for different species presently being implemented at various RGCA projects.

CAGL is conducting the population genetics study for different ongoing projects to find out the suitable founder populations utilizing advanced molecular genetics markers such as microsatellites, mitochondrial-DNA sequencing etc.

The Lab is conducting genetic divergence study using various molecular markers (viz., RAPD, PCR-RFLP, Gene sequencing etc.) to resolve taxonomic ambiguity of species and assisting project personnel at hatchery for individual and family identification using PIT and VIE tags.

The lab is regularly conducting hands-on training programmes on application of advance molecular markers for aquaculture and fisheries management for Skilled manpower development and providing training to University graduates and Post-graduate students for their project dissertation work.

Identification of Mud crab species using species-specific markers
CAGL-NABL Certificate TC-6115
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Laboratory Service Fee

Services offered by CAGL:

Training programmes: Hands-on training programmes on-
Application of advance molecular markers (nuclear & mitochondrial)
DNA barcoding
DNA fingerprinting
Cloning & sequencing

Payment basis services:
Partial gene sequencing
Species identification
Data generation using molecular markers like RAPD, PCR-RFLP etc
Microsatellite (Gel based)

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CAGL has been accredited by NABL since 2015 as the FIRST & only Aquaculture Genetics Laboratory in India and re-accredited as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard for the scope of “PCR testing to resolve taxonomic ambiguity of the Indian mangrove mud crab species, samples collected from wild/cultured habitat and from their products” valid up to 2021.

CAGL has own acclaim for revealing FIRST time that there are only two mangrove mud crab species under genus Scylla spp (Brachyura: Portunidae) Available in Indian coastal waters. The finding has immense significance because the accurate identification plays a pivotal role for the propagation and management of the species.

The lab has published several full-length research papers in high impact International Journals like Gene, Food Control, Biochemical Genetics, Animal Genetics, Molecular Biology Reports, Mitochondrial DNA-Part A, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution etc. and published more than 250 unique sequences at NCBI GenBank so far..

So far, the lab has identified 26 grouper species from Indian coastal waters using multiple molecular markers and published research papers on authentication of sea food to reveal food fraud involving high valued grouper species.

The lab has developed sex-specific molecular markers to identify Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) male & female and strain-specific markers to identify GIFT and red tilapia strain.

CAGL has successfully completed 14 trial farming of L. vannamei post larvae to grow them in Indian commercial farms in association with the Oceanic Institute, Hawaii, USA to find out environment-friendly families to be cultured at different geographical locations in India.

More than 25 Colleges/Institutions benefitted from the Sequence services provided by the Lab. Nearly 270 candidates from various Universities and Institutes are being benefitted through 13 hands-on training on ‘Application of molecular markers for Fisheries’ and more than 28 students completed their research project work from CAGL.

Here We Are

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Dr. Anup Mandal

Project Director (SB & A) & [In Charge]

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L. Ruban

Senior Field Officer

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Mathews Varkey

Senior Scientific Officer

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Dr. Anandajothi E

Senior Field Officer

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
(MPEDA, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
3/197, Poompuhar Road, Karaimedu Village, Sattanathpuram P.O., 
Sirkali Taluk, Mayiladuthurai district 609 109, 
Tamil Nadu, INDIA 
Tel : +91 4364 265200 to 265217 
Fax : +91 4364 265218 Email :

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