RGCA’s Lab is India’s First NABL Accredited Aquaculture Pathology Lab
The Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), the Research & Development arm of MPEDA (Marine Products Export Development Authority), has now become the first aquaculture pathology laboratory in the India to be accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board For Testing & Calibration Laboratories).
In September 2011, RGCA MPEDA started a state-of-the-art Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory at its HQs in Sirkali, TamilNadu. The laboratory has been attending to the aquaculture industry of India by furnishing well-timed and steadfast diagnosis of several diseases faced during the culture of finfish, shrimps and freshwater prawns. The laboratory is outfitted with all the state-of-the-art disease diagnostic tools and has 3 component units for Molecular Pathology, Histopathology and Microbiology which collectively help in diagnosis of several diseases faced by the aquaculture industry.
The laboratory manages periodical and requirement centred aquaculture disease surveillance in India for the help of the seafood export industry. All the identified diseases affecting the shrimp/prawn/ fish are identified at this laboratory which comprises the of late feared shrimp diseases viz. Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS)/ Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND).