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Dr.Rema Madhu

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Role:Principal Scientist
Focus of Research:
  • Marine ornamental fish breeding and larval rearing
  •  Marine food fish breeding and larval rearing   
  • Open sea Cage culture
  • Live feed culture

After taking MSc in Mariculture in 1991, upon selection in ARS,  I served   as scientist in Central Agricultural Research Institute, Andaman &  Nicobar Islands during 1995 to 2005  in various capacities. Took PhD in Zoology (Fish Biology of  Marine Ornamental Fish) in 2005. Joined as  Senior Scientist in CMFRI, Kochi during September 1995. Currently working as  Principal Scientist in  Mariculture division, CMFRI, Kochi. I have contributed  for the development of captive breeding and larval rearing technologies for 12 species of  marine ornamental fishes and also working on  live feed culture, open sea cage culture and breeding of marine foodfishes. 

  • Ph D 2005  Zoology  (Fish Biology), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra .
  • M Sc 1991  Mariculture,  Cochin University of Science & Technology.
  • BSc  1989   Zoology, Mahatma Gandhi University. 
Current Research Projects
No Title Funded By
1 Development  and standardization of seed  production technologies of                   selected high value finfishes and shellfishes  CMFRI
2 Innovations in sea cage farming and coastal Mariculture CMFRI
3 Seed production in Agricultural crops and Fisheries.(ERP/DSR/1CAR/01) ICAR
4 Derivation and characterization of embryonic (ES) and induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cell from selected marine fish species aimed at mariculture/conservation. CMFRI
Awards & Recognitions:
  • Junior Research Fellowship of ICAR, 1989-1991.
  • Member  of  Advisory board of American Bio Geography (ABI), USA .
  • Commendation certificate for NATP project


Best 5 Publications:

1. Rema Madhu and Madhu, K and Retheesh, T (2012) Life history pathways in false clown Amphiprion ocellaris Cuvier, 1830: A journey from egg to adult under captive condition. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 54 (1). pp. 77-90.
2. Rema Madhu and Madhu, K and Venugopal, K M (2010) Sex change of hatchery produced Amphiprion ocellaris: Influence of mating system removal on gonad maturation and nesting success. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 52 (1). pp. 62-69.
3. Madhu, K and  Rema  Madhu, and Venugopal, K M (2009) Acclimation and growth of hatchery produced false clown Amphiprion ocellaris to natural and surrogate anemones. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 51 (1). pp. 205-210.
4. Rema Madhu, and Madhu,K and Krishnan,L and Gopakumar,G and Rajagopalan,M and Ignatius, Boby (2008) Larvi-feed Culture for Seed Production of Ornamentals Fishes. In: Ornamental Fish Breeding, Farming and Trade. Kurup, B Madhusoodana and Boopendranath, M R and Ravindran, K and Banu, Saira and Nair, A Gopalakrishnan,(eds.) Department of Fisheries, Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 147-154.
5. Rema Madhu and Madhu, K (2007) Occurrence of anemonefishes and host sea anemones in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 49 (2). pp. 118-126.

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