About NRMC-F

National Repository for Microalgae and Cyanobacteria - Freshwater (NRMC-F) is a sponsored project by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (DBT) from the year 2015. The Repository would carry out an extensive survey of the freshwater bodies including those in coastal areas of South India to explore the spatial and temporal diversity of freshwater microalgae and cyanobacteria and their relation to abiotic ecological factors. Along with this the diverse biotechnological applications of microalgae and cyanobacteria towards production of biofuels, proteins, pigments, bioactive compounds will also be explored.

  • A foreword to NRMC-F website ...

    I am delighted or rather elated, to give a brief foreword to the website of NRMC-F at the request of Prof. N.Thajuddin, the architect of this repository. The need to conserve biodiversity, especially the wild life namely our native plants and animals was understood long back leading to in – situ as well as ex – situ conservation. But the importance of Microbial Biodiversity and Conservation caught the attention only later. In view of the practical problems of in – situ conservation, ex – situ conservation in the form of repositories was started in different places in this country for different microbes by the efforts of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. In this effort, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India can be legitimately proud of being a pioneer in attempting to conserve the marine cyanobacterial wealth of this country. Realizing the potential and need to conserve all the existing photoautotrophic microalgae and cyanobacteria, a National Repository for Microalgae and Cyanobacteria (NRMC) with a separate wing for Freshwater forms (NRMC-F) to the existing Marine facility (NFMC) now converted to NRMC – M is being funded by DBT. It is heartening that Bharathidasan University through its earlier NFMC and the present NRMC – F and NRMC – M has received international acclaim for not only the conservational efforts of this group of microbes but also the gainful use of them in various ways. The Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India from its inception with Dr.S.Ramachandran as the Secretary to the present Dr.Renu Swarup through Drs. C.R. Bhatia; Manju Sharma; M.K.Bhan and K.VijayaRaghavan, has been fore-sighted and supportive of the conservation and utilization efforts of our Microbial Wealth. It augurs well that one of the young, dynamic and helpful officers of DBT looking after the infrastructural facilities, Dr.Sangita Kasture inaugurates the NRMC - F building and the affable, scientist Vice Chancellor Dr.Mani Sankar inaugurates the website. I wish this website to serve as a true window for the world to peep in and learn about the repository as well as get the required help. Congratulations to the team involved in NRMC-F and wish them all well.

    G. SUBRAMANIAN