Dr.M.N.Noor (1937-2018) a great algologist who has worked on chromosomes of Charophyta and great admirer of Prof. V.Krishnamurthy and one of the recipients of Life Achievement Award in 2014, is no more with us. He has left all of us at 1.50 pm on 24th September, 2018. He has attended the VBBBNA-2018 from 20th to 21st September at Department of Botany,  Madras Christian College, Chennai and left for Ranchi on 22nd  September. He has expired after a brief period of medical treatment at Ranchi for brain haemorrhage. KIA joins all algologists and pray the almighty to bless his soul to rest in peace and comfort his family members.    


An Interview with Prof. V. K. by The Hindu. 
                    Current Science 2014

"Milestone of CSIR-CSMCRI Journey from past to present"  April 9, 2014" a presentation by Prof. V.K.    Click here


   Algology has now become a very valuable discipline as more and more applications of algae and their modes of life become unearthed.  The utility of the algae in day to day life, in food production, in the manufacture of industrial chemicals and in pollution control are now recognized universally.  Algae are used as experimental organisms in the study of such fundamental aspects of biology such as photosynthesis, respiration and growth, in bio-assay techniques and in bio-technology.  Considering all these, Algology, naturally assumes a very high priority in biological research. 

   India has lagged behind other countries in algal research, largely because of the low priority given to their study. Considering the vastness of the country and its population, centres of algal research are comparatively low. There are some excellent centres where applied research on algae is being carried out, but these are mostly devoted to studies on blue green algae.  There are numerous eukaryotic algae which are of greater importance and economic significance.  Their potential as source of food, feed, rare chemicals and energy, is yet to be realized.  Algal farming a modern concept, is yet to be taken up on a large scale in the field.

   In view of the above, it was thought as desirable to establish an Institute for Algal Studies to promote both academic as well as applied research on algae. 

   Office bearers of KIA:

President: Dr.M.Baluswami
Vice President: Sri Vasudevan Krishnamurthy
Secretary: Dr. J. Kamaleswari
Treasurer: Dr. Bharathy Sethumadhavan

   Members of the Governing Body 2015--2018

Dr. N. Jeeji Bai,Prof. M.D.Vijaya Parthasarathy, Prof. V.N. Raja Rao, Prof. S. Bharathan, Dr. V.T.Sridaran, Prof.N. Anand, Prof. R. Rengasamy, Prof. K.Devanathan, Prof. R. Ranjithakani, Prof.R. Veerabhadran, Prof. G. Rani, Dr. V. Kanthimathi, Dr. N. Rajasulochana, Dr. Lilly, Dr. S. Chandra, Prof. P. Anantharaman, Mr. Vinoth Nehemiah, Dr. R. Dhamodaran, Dr. S. Elumalai, Dr.T.V. Poonguzhali, Dr. M. Muthukumaran, Dr. B. Babu, Dr. N. Nagaraj.

Prof. Pushpa Srivastava, Dr.P.V. Subba Rao, Prof. B. B. Chaugule, Prof. S.P.Adhikary, Dr. Vijaya U. Kerkar, Dr. Ruma Pal.

   Activities in the Institute:

   Institute has a great collection of books, reprints and back volumes of wide range of journals, all related to algal studies. A collection of 1745 books are in the library. All books are entered in a digital catalogue facilitating easy search to students require books. The oldest book in the collection dates back to 1775. The entire collection is open to students and research scholars, who can fix an appointment with the Institute and refer to books.

Development of Central Algal Herbarium, which will aim at housing as many species of Indian algae as possible as dry specimens. Ultimately, this herbarium should serve as a national reference collection.

   A repository of preserved specimens of algae collected from all over India will also be established. Periodical additions to this collection should provide research materials for serious students of algal morphology and taxonomy.

   The potential utility of various kinds of algae will be studied by modern analytical methods and the more promising algal genera and species identified.  Sustainable aqua cultural methods will be developed for the more important species. Innovative methods of processing these algae will be developed.  

   The institute will organize summer schools, refresher courses and special workshops for students, research  scholars and teachers in different aspects of algae. 

   In addition to these activities which are proposed to be taken up in the first phase of the institute, eventualy is fully equipped instrumentation facility is expected to be established for use of algologists in pursuit of refined and sophisticated work.  This facility in the use of biotechnological methods for improvement of algae of economic importance. 

Publications from KIA for sale

1. Pheaophyceae of India and Neighbourhood Vol. 1 - Price Rs. 650/-
2. Pheaophyceae of India and Neighbourhood Vol. 2 - Price Rs. 650/-
3. Poceedings of International Conference on Algae - Price Rs. 350/-

Journal from KIA (2 nos. per year):
INDIAN HYDROBIOLOGY   (for information and  subscription)

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Books published by KIA alone available for sale

Latest Publication from KIA: Diversity of Desmids in Tamil Nadu, India  Part-1. 2017                                                                                                                                    Authors: K.Maheswari and M. Baluswami.                                                                  Price: INR 350/- Postage and others extra

"The quality of the photomicrographs is very good and the book will be useful for beginners and non biologists to identify the desmids without much diffiCulty"-Prof. N. Anand, Emeritus Professor, CAS in Botany, University of Madras,  in his FOREWORD.

About the Book: The book is a collection of 208 photomicrographs of Desmids grouped into to 45 colour plates of the genera such as Euastrum, Micrasterias and Staurodesmids, with the name of the district and the habitats from which the samples were collected.  This part includes 37 taxa of Euastrum, 12 taxa of Micrasterias and 11 of Staurodesmus.  This account also includes the photographs published by others mentioned at appropriate places.

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