ICAR-CIFRI conducting a Hands-on Training on "Collection, Preservation and Identification of Freshwater Plankton"

Last Updated on 14.07.2017

A "Hands-on Training on Collection, Preservation and Identification of Freshwater Plankton" has been inaugurated on 11th July, 2017 at ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata. Dr. B. C. Jha, Chief Guest of the function briefed the house on importance of plankton ecology. Dr. V. R. Suresh (Director-in-charge) & HoD, REF Division highlighted the importance of plankton as key component of aquatic food chain, application of advanced tools for plankton studies and urged the trainees to create interest on the subject. In the inaugural remarks, Dr. B. P. Mohanty, HoD, FREM Division and Course Co-Director emphasized on the use of plankton as bio-monitoring tool to assess the aquatic ecosystem health. During inaugural session, Dr. U. K. Sarkar, HoD, RWF Division also emphasized on the importance of such training programme for sustainable management of aquatic ecosystem. The four days training programme from 11th to 14th July, 2017 will enlight upon the theoretical and practical demonstration of plankton collection and systematic classification. A total of 14 participants comprising project staffs of RMRC (ICMR) Bhubaneswar; research scholars of NMCG-Hilsa, NASF on Hilsa project from the institute are attending the training. The main focus of the training is to identify the major groups of phytoplankton and zooplankton from inland open water including estuaries. The training programme will also focus on enumeration of the plankton community for assessment of biodiversity with special emphasis on multidimensional scaling. A group of experts comprising scientists from ICAR-CIFRI and external faculty are acting as resource persons in the training.

Lecture by Dr. B. K. Das Director ICAR-CIFRI

Valedictory session

Microscopic observation of plankton sample

Inaugural session

Inaugural lecture by Dr. B. C. Jha

Demonstration of plankton sample collection

Lecture by Dr. B P Mohanty HOD FREM division

Practice session by participants

Group photo