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RGCA’s Lab is India’s First NABL Accredited Aquaculture Pathology Lab

The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), became the first aquaculture pathology laboratory in the country to be accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board For Testing & Calibration Laboratories) on May 30, 2014. 

prawnsRajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, the Research & Development arm of MPEDA established a state-of-the-art Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory at its headquarters in Sirkali, TamilNadu in September 2011. The laboratory has been serving aquaculture industry of the country by providing timely and reliable diagnosis of various diseases encountered during the culture of finfish, shrimps and freshwater prawns. 

The laboratory is equipped with all the latest disease diagnostic tools and has three component units for Molecular Pathology, Histopathology and Microbiology which together helps in diagnosis of various diseases encountered by the aquaculture industry. The Molecular Pathology Laboratory has been routinely engaged in screening/diagnosis of 16 Crustacean (shrimp/crab) pathogens including World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) listed pathogens besides 3 finfish pathogens. 

In addition, the laboratory conducts periodical and need-based aquaculture disease surveillance in India for the benefit of the seafood export industry. All the known diseases affecting the shrimp/prawn/ fish are diagnosed at this laboratory which includes the recently emerged dreaded shrimp disease viz. Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS)/ Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND). 

The laboratory has been successfully participating in Proficiency testing conducted by Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory, University of Arizona, USA (a OIE reference laboratory for crustacean diseases). (PIB)

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