ICAR-CIFA organizes 3 rd International Symposium on Genomics in Aquaculture (ISGA III)

Bhubaneswar:The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture in association with Association of
Aquaculturists organized 3 rd International Symposium on Genomics in Aquaculture during 21-23
January 2020 at its Kausalyaganga campus. The Institute had earlier organized ISGA-I and
ISGA-II in the year 2013 and 2016 respectively. The symposium has four themes namely (1)
Genetics, Breed improvement and Molecular breeding; (2) Genome editing, Biosecurity and
Biosafety; (3) Genome informatics and Intellectual Property Rights and (4) Genomics in Fish
Health, Reproduction and Nutrition.
The programme was inaugurated by Prof (Dr.) Soumendra Mohan Pattnaik, Vice-Chancellor,
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Prof Pattnaik expressed his happiness to be among the eminent
scientists from all over the country and abroad. To meet the national food security, researches in
frontier areas like genomics, robotics and bioinformatics hold immense potential. He called for
more collaborative works among the researchers to produce useful products/technologies for the
benefit of stakeholders in aquaculture. In addition to the theme of the symposium he added that
integrated farming should be adopted in the right way for sustainable environment and more
research should be done for the less privileged people of the society. Dr. Victor Martinez,
Director, FAVET-INBIOGEN, Chile was the guest of honor. He thanked the institute and the
organizing committee for his long association with ICAR-CIFA. Genomic research in
aquaculture is lagging behind as compared to other fields of agriculture and food production.
Speaking about his experience in Salmon he said that, the genomic database for the species could
only be completed very recently though it started way back in 2005. Research in genomic science
requires huge investment, however, it pays. He said as we are already reaping its advantages in
agriculture and animal husbandry.
At the beginning Dr. B. R. Pillai, Director, ICAR-CIFA highlighted the genetics research being
done in the institute in relation to better growth and aquaculture production enhancement. She
also stated that for these cutting edge technologies the institute is having collaborative research
with other ICAR institutes and DBT, DST and many other national and international institutions.
She expressed heartfelt gratitude towards ICAR and all collaborators for supporting the
symposium. Dr. K. D. Mohapatra Organising Secretary of the symposium welcomed the
gathering and briefed about the genesis and thematic areas of the symposium. Over 200
researchers from different parts of India and abroad are taking part in this symposium, informed
Dr Mohapatra. The ISGA III brings together lead researchers and experts from animal, plant and
fish genomics and provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas. One of the outputs
would be formulation of collaborative programs for research, academic exchange and capacity
building. During the Symposium an Exhibition is being held in which research institutes and
trading companies related to agriculture and fisheries had taken parts. A souvenir, book of
abstract were released on the occasion.

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