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 Pathology Laboratory

Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory (CAPL) of RGCA is located at RGCA-HQ and operating from 2011. The lab is accredited by NABL as per ISO/IEC 17025:2005 since 2014.

1 Day-Training Programme on Histology techniques for aquatic animals 1 Day-Training Programme on Real Time PCR for aquaculture disease detection 1 Day-Training Programme on Water quality testing 2 Days-Hands-on Training Programme on PCR Techniques and its Applications in Aquaculture Pathology
Sample collection and preservation during diseases surveillance study programme
View of Histology Laboratory of RGCA

Major Objectives

To provide disease diagnostic and pathogen surveillance services to RGCA Projects, Hatcheries, Aquaculture Farmers, Entrepreneurs & Seafood Exporters at par with International standards.

To expertise in detection of all major shell fish & finfish pathogens through Molecular Pathology (PCR) analysis and Histopathology.

To provide microbiological & water quality analysis for samples from aquaculture farms and hatcheries.

To conduct aquatic animal health surveillance for timely detection and prevention of Transboundary and emerging diseases.

To provide hands-on training in Aquaculture pathology and Disease diagnostics for the benefit of aqua-sector.

To provide facility and training for Dissertation work for research students in aquaculture pathology and related fields.

Salient features of Pathology Laboratory

RGCA CAPL is one of the very few laboratories in India, implementing international standard and accredited by NABL as per ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 since 2014, for all the OIE listed Shrimp pathogens.

Molecular pathology laboratory of CAPL is well equipped with advance machineries like real time PCR systems, robotic nucleic acid extractor etc. and provides testing services for 21 aquatic pathogens (17 Shrimp pathogens, 1 Freshwater prawn pathogen, 3 Marine finfish pathogens).

Histopathology section of CAPL is having automated instruments for embedding, microtomes, staining and mounting facilities and providing services for finfish & shellfish histopathology.

The Microbiology and Water quality laboratory of CAPL is providing routine bacteriological and major water parameter testing services to the aquaculture farms and hatcheries. Training on Molecular Pathology & Histopathology.

The lab has a dedicated section for working with SPF samples from various RGCA projects.

The lab is providing support to adjacent aquafarmers through shrimp seed health analysis being the lone facility in nearby areas. And The lab is conducting hands-on training regularly for aquaculture stake-holders on various aspects of aquaculture pathology.

Laboratory Service Fee

Services offered by CAPL:

Training programmes: Hands-on training programmes on-
Aquaculture Disease diagnosis using conventional & RT-PCR techniques
Histology techniques used for aquatic disease diagnosis
Microbiology and water testing essential for aquafarm or hatchery management
Shrimp seed-health testing

Payment basis services: (for details please click on “Laboratory Service Fee” tab)
PCR/RT-PCR testing for all OIE-listed and major non-OIE listed pathogens
Seed health analysis
Histological analysis of aqua species
Bacteriological analysis
Aquafarm water parameter analysis

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CAPL of RGCA was the first to report the presence of EHP infection in cultured L. vannamei and P. monodon in the country and reported it through its Newsletter in June 2015 and a scientific article was published subsequently in Diseases of Aquatic Organism, Vol. 120: 225–230, 2016.

The lab has been successfully participating in Ring Test conducted by Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of University of Arizona, USA since 2011.

CAPL-RGCA is one of the collaborating centres in National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD) coordinated by NBFGR and funded by NFDB since 2013.

Till date CAPL has published 25 partial gene sequences from disease related pathogens in NCBI-GenBank

13 postgraduate students have completed their project thesis work on aquaculture disease related field at CAPL till date.

The lab has conducted 15 awareness programmes on aquaculture diseases and its management at various parts in India and more than 339 participants are benefitted from 18 hands-on training provided by the lab.

Here We Are

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Dr. Anup Mandal

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

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G. Sathiyaraj

Scientific Officer

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A. Packiaraj

Field Officer

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Dr. Mithun Raj

Scientific Officer

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Krishnakanth Varadaraju

Senior Field Officer

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B. Babu

Senior Field Officer

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Kummari Suresh

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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