Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
(A Society under Marine Products Export Development Authority,
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)

Technology Development Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture

LABORATORY ACCREDITED AS PER ISO/IEC 17025 : 2005 Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory

The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory (CAPL) is the first and only NABL accredited (as per ISO/IEC 17025: 2005), Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory in the country.  CAPL is a state of the art Laboratory designed and facilitated for screening of aquatic Pathogens and diagnosis of diseases encountered in Aquaculture. The laboratory develops and performs molecular diagnostic tests for pathogens of aquaculture species. The focus of the laboratory is to diagnose disease using Molecular, Histopathological and Microbiological methods.
The Pathology laboratory has three component units
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Histopathology
  • Microbiology
The Molecular pathology laboratory of CAPL equipped with Quantitative Real Time PCR system, Standard PCR, Spectrophotometer, Tissue homogeniser, Gel documentation system etc., is the only lab in India providing Molecular Diagnostics/ Screening facility for all the OIE listed Crustacean Pathogens and all other major pathogens of cultured shrimp. The Lab also carries out screening of Fish Pathogens: Viral Nerval Necrosis (VNN), Iridoviruses and Photobacterium damselae subsp.pisicida. 

The histopathology laboratory of CAPL is equipped with Automated Tissue Processor, Automated instruments for Embedding, Microtomes for Sectioning, Cryostat, Fume Exhaust Hood, Fixation area, Staining and mounting facilities. The lab also has a dedicated slide observation and documentation facility. 

The Microbiology unit of the CAPL is a well-equipped lab for carrying out routine bacteriology.  

RGCA is a partner organization in the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases funded by NFDB and coordinated by NBFGR. 

View of molecular pathology lab
Surveillance of shrimp farms
View of histopathology lab

The Team

Project Manager :    Shri. V.N. Biju
Asst. Technical Managers :    Shri. B. Babu
:    Shri. Mithun Raj
:    Dr. G. Umamaheshwari
:    Shri. G. Sathiyaraj
:    Shri. K. Karthick Kannan
:    Dr. R. Ganeshamurthy
Technician :    Shri. Lanka Praveen

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