Methodology

Experimental System

Spirulina exhibits its strength as a laboratory model for both plant and bacterial systems. Being a photosynthetic organism, Spirulina is expected to possess efficient antioxidant defense machinery in order to combat oxidative stress. Since the organism is also known to grow under various harsh environmental conditions like brackish waters, it is expected to possess the ability to withstand and detoxify environmental stresses including pesticides.

 

Expected Outcomes

This project is expected to establish a framework for setting up of Spirulina micro-farms. A system to monitor various parameters and corrective measures thereof will be developed that will standardize the maintenance protocol. This project is primarily aimed at alleviating the growing concern of food sufficiency, water availability, polluting ecosystems and farmers sustainability by training them at later stages. Development of organic feed and economic alternative technologies for algal culture will pave the way for publications in national / international journals continuing to strengthen the institute research profile further. Establishing algal cultures will lead to epistemological paradigm using a biological research model for students to imbibe scientific acumen apart from exposing them to the interdisciplinary aspects of biology.

 

Selected References

  1. Radhakrishna R., and Reddy V., (1997), Food Security and Nutrition: Vision 2020, GOI.
  2. Chamorro, G., Salazar, M., Favila, L., and Bourges, H. (1996) Farmacología y toxicología del alga Spirulina. Rev Invest Clin. 48: 389-399.
  3. Chamorro, G., Salazar, M., and Salazar, S. (1989) Estudio teratogénico de Spirulina en rata. Arch Latin Nutr. 39: 641-649.
  4. Rotruck, J.T, Pope A.L, Ganther H.E, Hafner, D.G. Hoekstra W.G. (1973) Selenium: Biochemical role as a component of glutathione peroxidase. Science. 179: 588-590.

 

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