National Symposium on Algal diversity and Resource Status

A National Symposium on Algal diversity and resource status: Current Trends in Utilization and Prospects for Innovation will be held during 21 to 23rd September 2017 at V O Chidambaram College, Tuticorin, India organized by PG & Research department of Botany, and Marine Ecology & Conservation lab and P G & Research department of Zoology, V O Chidambaram College in association with Seaweed Research and Utilization Association and Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology, Chennai. Click here for brochure in PDF... Click here for registration form


  • Taxonomy, diversity and distribution
  • Biochemical and nutritional characteristics
  • Chemical ecology
  • Biotechnology: Phycocolloid biosynthesis pathway, in vitro phycocolloid production,strain improvement, tissue culture
  • Natural products and their biomedical potential
  • Phycoremediation
  • Application in agriculture & veterinary: SLF, biostimulant etc
  • Nutraceuticals & Functional foods
  • Algal culture/cultication: Prospects & technological improvements
  • Phycocolloids: Improvement in extraction process
  • Associated ecosystems and organisms
  • Resource exploitation: Past and Present
  • Conservation and management

Submission of abstracts

An abstract not exceeding 250 words with not more than 5 keywords in Times New Roman 12 font with 1.5 line space, shall be submitted. The abstract shall contain title, names of the author(s), affiliation, address with e mail ID mobile and fax number. The last date for submission of abstracts is 31.07.2017

Registration fees

PG Students : Rs 500

Research Scholars : Rs 750

Faculty Members/Researchers: Rs 1000

Participants from Industry: 2000

The registration fees through DD or bank transfer with transaction details, shall be sent along with registration form to Dr Dr V R Mohan, PG and Research department of botany, V O Chidambaram College, Tuticorin 628 008 Tamil nadu,

Bank details:

Account Name: Principal V O C College Grants Scheme, S B A/C No. 6952843786, INDIAN BANK (20 M/3-1" Street, Subbiah Mudaliar Puram, Millerpuram Branch, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, IFSC Code: IDIB000M208, MICR Code: 627019015.

Contact Persons

Dr V R Mohan, Head, P G & Research Dept of Botany, Mobile: 9487279902

Dr A Murugan, Asst Prof & Team Lead, Marine Ecology & Conservation Lab, PG & Research Dept of Zoology, Mobile: 9443256358

The 7th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts

18 - 21 June, 2017 | Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL, USA

Abstract submission deadline 3 February 2017 – submit your abstract here!

The 7th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts provides an exciting venue to learn about the latest research and technologies in algal research and to interact with leaders the field.  Emphasis will be placed on the latest unpublished technical and scientific results, along with discussion and direct interactions with strategic partners, funding sponsors, and leaders in the field. The conference balances the interest of the algae research community through a balanced set of oral presentations and posters selected from the best submissions to the conference. In addition, our list of key note and invited speakers includes funding agency sponsors, key industry players, and top scientists from the international community.

The conference will cover all areas of emerging technologies in all areas of algal research, including microalgae, macroalgae, and cyanobacteria: biology, biomass production, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, biorefinery, feedstock conversion into fuels, bioproducts, and econometrics and sustainability analyses.

This year we look forward to specialized sessions in engineering topics, molecular characterization technologies (e.g., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), strain engineering technologies for biofuels and high value products, photobioreactor design and control systems, and new technologies in characterization and analysis, among others.


  • Algal Biology - Molecular Traits of Microalgae for Biofuels and High Value Products
  • Algal Biology - Metabolic Regulation of Microalgae for Biofuels and High Value Products
  • Algal Biology - Biodiversity and Bioprospecting of Microalgae for Biofuels and High Value Products
  • Algal Cultivation - Phototrophic Systems in Open Ponds
  • Algal Cultivation - Phototrophic Systems in Photobioreactors
  • Algal Cultivation - Heterotrophic Systems, including utilization of waste waters for algal production
  • Algal Harvesting and Extraction Systems
  • New Conversion Technologies for Algal Biofuels, including catalytic, thermal, and enzymatic systems
  • Bioproducts from Algae Including High-Value Products and Co-products
  • Life Cycle, Technoeconomic, and Sustainability Modeling and Analysis of Algal Production and Fuel Cycle Systems
  • New technologies in support of algal research in the areas of separation, refining, detection, characterization and analysis
  • Bioreactor design, engineering and control
  • Biorefinery systems, technologies, and end-to-end integration
  • Abstract submission 


Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology is all set to celebrate its 25th Founding Day on 24th November, 2016. As it is usually done, as part of the founding day celebration, presentation of Life Time Achievement Award and a National Conference on Algal Biology and Bioechnology are planned to be held from 24th November to 26th November, 2016, in association with Department of Biotechnology, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai - 600 025. Life Time Achievement Award for this year is to be conferred on Prof. B.B. Chaugule, Head of the Department of Botany, (Retd.)  University of Pune, Pune, as per the wishes of Late Prof. V. Krishnamurthy. Members of KIA Governing Body are very happy to invite you to take part in the Founding Day Celebration and the General Body meeting of the Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology to be held on 24th November in recognition of your association with Prof. V.Krishnamurthy and the Institute.  We request you to donate liberally as you used to do on previous occasions and help us to make the founding day celebrations and the conference a grand success. Kindly send your Cheque/DD drawn in favour of “Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology” payable at Chennai to Dr. J. Kamaleswari (9962555421) Secretary, Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology,  No.9, Lady Madhavan First Cross Street, Mahalingapuram, Chennai – 600 034.

Thanking you,

With regards
Secretary, KIA



GUINDY CAMPUS, CHENNAI – 600 025. Email :

The University of Madras is one among the three oldest Universities of the Indian Subcontinent. Established in 1857, University of Madras is one of the premier institutes imparting Higher Education to the society. Accrediated by NAAC, the University ranked seventh among other universities of the country for their contribution in Research publications and holds prestige in being recognized by UGC as Center for Potential of Excellence. Most of its Research departments gratified with the funding status of DST - PURSE, UGC - SAP, DBT - BUILDER and DST- FIST. With sprawling Four Campuses, National Centers, 87 Teaching and Research Departments, the University of Madras continues to be an Epitome of Higher Education. The Department of Biotechnology was started in the year 1997 and offers Masters and Ph.D. programmes in Biotechnology. Since its inception the department has been witnessing consistent rise in the students demand for the subject. The department is well equipped for Teaching and Research facilities and Research focus spans a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary areas including Algal, Environmental, Medical, Nano, Virology and Plant Biotechnology. The Department receives major funding from DRDO, MHRD, DST- FIST, DBT BUILDER, UGC CPEPA, UPE, SAP and also recognized for Bioinformatics Facility funded by DBT, Govt. of India. Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology was established by Professor V. Krishnamurthy in 1991and dedicated to serve the Students and Faculty in the field of Algal Biology. The institute celebrates its foundation day since 2003 and distinguished algologists are conferred with Life Time Achievement Award for their significant contribution towards Algal Research. thThe foundation day of the Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology is celebrated on 24 September, in commemorating with the Founders Day Celebrations of KIA, The Department of Biotechnology, University of Madras is organizing three days National Conference on Algal th thBiology and Biotechnology from 24 to 26 November 2016. Algal Biotechnology is one of the most promising long term, sustainable sources of biomass and oils for food, feed, biofuel and other coproducts. With wide range and diversity of algal biotechnology research and industries, the conference topics will cover significant research themes from Basic Algal Biology to Commercialization. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore various researches in the field of Taxonomy, Biology, Mass production, Bioprocesses, Biotechnological applications of both marine and fresh water algae, with emphasis on value added products and their applications. The aim of the conference is to expand networks, partnerships and collaboration between different Universities and Entrepreneurs in the field of Algal Research. Venue: Chemical Science Auditorium, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai – 600 025.

Research papers are invited for oral/poster presentation on the following themes:

(1) Algal Taxonomy (Fresh and Marine water) (2) Biomass Production of Algae (3) Molecular Biology of Algae (4) Algae and Climate (5) Algae and Environment (6) Applications of Algae The abstract should be in the prescribed format and should not exceed 300 words. The abstract shall be submitted along with Registration form on or before 20.10.2016 to organizing Secretary.

Registration: (FORM)

Registration Fee Details: 
For Faculty Members and Academia : Rs 1500
*For Students (Research scholars, UG/PG students): Rs 1000
Industry: Rs 3000
Spot Registration: Rs 1500

*Research Scholars, UG/PG students are requested to submit Bonafide Certificate from their respective Heads of the Department to avail the reduced Registration Fee.


Limited accommodation are available with first come first basis with an approximate cost of Rs. 1000 per day and the request should be sent to the organizers on or before 02.11.2016.

Mode of Remittance of Fee : Registration fees and accommodation charges should be remitted by a demand draft drawn in favour of “Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology” payable at Chennai. the DD may be drawn in any Nationalised Bank with branches in Chennai. Abstracts of papers proposed to be presented should be sent along with the registration form. The registered delegates will be provided with Conference Kit, Lunch and Refreshment during the Conference.

ABSTRACT FORMAT Title of the Paper Authors Affiliation Background Aim Materials and Methods Results and Discussion

Title of the Paper, Authors, Affiliation, Background, Aim, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion.

Important Dates:

National Conference on Algal Biology And Biotechnology: 24th to 26th November 2016
Last Date of Submission of Registration Form and Fee: 20.10.2016
Last Date for Submission of Abstract: 20.10.2016
*Last date for Accommodation request Payment: 02.11.2016


Chief Patron Dr. P. David Jawahar Registrar University of Madras
Chairperson: Dr. R. Ramanibai Campus Director University of Madras

Members of Organizing Committee -

Department of Biotechnology, University of Madras

Prof. S. Elumalai Dr. K. Umamaheswari Dr. G. Vijayan siva Dr. K. Kathiravan Dr. R. Rukkumani
Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology 
President: Dr. M. Baluswami
Vice president: Thiru. K. Vasudevan
Secretary: Dr. J. Kamaleswari
Treasurer: Dr. Bharathi Sethumadhavan

Members : Dr. N. Jeeji Bai, Dr. V. Kanthimathi, Prof. M.N. Noor, Dr. N. Rajasulochana, Dr. S. Bharathan, Dr. P. Anantharaman, Dr. M. Prema , Dr. Vaibhav A. Mantri , Dr. Pushpa srivastava , Dr. T.V. Poonguzhali , Dr. G. Rani , Dr. M. Muthukumaran, Dr. V. Lily, Dr. B. Babu, Dr. A. Umamaheswari

Phone: 91-44-28171132 E.mail: Website: E.mail:

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Accelerate Research and Commercialization of Algae

The 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit

September 18-21, 2016

East Lake International Conference Center, Wuhan, China.

On behalf of the international and local organizing committees, we cordially invite you to the 4th Asian-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit (AOAIS 2016). The Summit will be held at East Lake Hotel, Wuhan, China, on September 18-21, 2016.

Wuhan is known for great food, hospitality and mixture of traditional and modern cultures. The Summit is organized by the Institute of Hydrobiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IHB-CAS), Microalgae Biotechnology Center of State Development and Investment Corporation (MBC-SDIC), Chinese Society of Phycology and AOAIS International Organizing Committee. The Summit will highlight recent scientific and engineering breakthroughs in algal biotechnology. Strain development using synthetic and systems biology, innovations in algae cultivation, harvesting, extraction and conversion to various products, and valorization of algal biomass, and sustainability models will be presented. At the Summit, experts will also discuss the roles of algae in wastewater bioremediation and CO2 capture and utilization.

The local organizing committee will guarantee high quality technical meetings, cultural experiences and platforms for multidisciplinary and academia-industry interactions and approaches for strengthening the collaborative spirit within algal biotechnology communities throughout the world.

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International Conference on “Advances in Algal Biotechnology”
10th - 12th August 2016

An International Conference on “Advances in Algal Biotechnology” is being organised by the School of Bio Sciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore – 632 014, Tamilnadu and Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Parangipettai – 608 502, Tamilnadu th th from 10 - 12 August 2016 at VIT University, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.

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Algae Europe 2016

13 - 15 December 2016, Madrid, Spain


ALGAE EUROPE offers a unique opportunity for the exchange between academia and industry will be established in a networking based environment that will allow to discuss the evolution of the Algae Biomass sector worldwide and understand the role of the main European Players.

Algae are the new crop for the future. Algae contain proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and other elements that can be used as ingredients for a large range of sectors from food & feed to nutraceutical & cosmeceuticals to biofuels. Algo-biorefineries can maximize the potential of algae applications and open new opportunities. The valorization of added-value products from algae is setting the conditions for the development of small or niche markets, which eventually can grow to larger scale.

Currently, there are in Europe several projects, from lab scale to demonstration plants and commercial facilities, aiming to accelerate the commercialization of algal products. The long path from research to pilot plants and production facilities will be shown in several presentations including some of the most relevant projects financed by the EC.

ALGAE EUROPE 2016 is a unique opportunity to learn and understand the bottlenecks of algae production and commercialization and interact with the key players.

ALGAE EUROPE 2016 will be a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to be up-dated on the recent industrial developments in the field with an overview of European initiatives. Keynote presentations and panel discussion will provide a high quality forum for discussion and information exchange.

Key drivers: Production to Products & Consumer trends to Product development and Business opportunities.

ALGAE EUROPE entails the third EABA and EC Algae Contractors’ Conference, and the ninth International Algae Congress. The conference is organised by EABA, the European Commission and DLG BENELUX.

Algae Europe's conference co-chairs

Vitor Verdelho, Kyriakos Maniatis and Paulien Hoftijzer

The 2016 organizing committee

Vitor Verdelho (Portugal)

Kyriakos Maniatis (EC)

Mario R. Tredici (Italy)

Paulien Hoftijzer (The Netherlands)

Christie de Vrij (The Netherlands)

Birgit Schmidt-Puckhaber (Germany)

Liliana Rodolfi (Italy)

Gabriel Acien (Spain)

Joana Lapa (Portugal)

Szilvia Bozsoki (EC)

Herminia Rodriguez (Spain)

Frank Rogalla (Spain)

Carlos Unamunzaga (Spain)

The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Plant 

The Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Utilization of Tropical Plant Biomass  -Bioproducts, Biocatalysts, and Biorefinery (SUTB4ORGANISED by TAMIL NADU AGRICULTURAL UNIVERISTY (TNAU)Coimbatore on November 17-18th 2016 in association with Indian Biomass Association (IBA)Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC)Lund University, SwedenSustainable Kerala Net and SASNET Fermented Foods.

Energy is a critical input in sustainable growth and development of both developed and developing countries. Fastest depletion of fossil fuels, ever increasing crude oil prices, burgeoning population growth, increased concern over drastic climate change and consequent global warming, has forced nations to shift from fossil fuels to renewable alternative sustainable energy resources to solve the aforementioned problems. In this context, Biomass (including agronomic residues, forestry and paper mill discards, the paper potion of municipal waste, and dedicated energy crops), are the cheapest among the candidates to be considered as an energy source. Moreover, biomass resources are locally available in plenty, requires less capital investments for conversion, reduces green house gas emissions, create employment opportunities in rural areas, helps to solve the disposal problem, any ventures in developing and refining the technology for cost effective production of transport fuel, chemicals from biomass becomes highly essential. Generally all the tropical biomass encompasses carbohydrates (75%) and lignin (20-25%) and hence termed lignocellulosic biomass and is, unfortunately, a heterogeneous and recalcitrant material which is highly resistant to depolymerization. Many microorganisms have evolved repertoires of biocatalysts (cellulases, hemicellulases, ligninases, etc.) which act in tandem to decompose the various components of lignocellulosic biomass. Successful biological conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals, with biorefinery approach depends on key technologies required for biomass conversion, fermentation, downstream processes and product recovery. More importantly, the above process requires suitable biocatalysts. Search, development and use of such novel biocatalysts in a biorefinery can maximize the value derived from biomass feed stocks. Apart from biofuels production from tropical biomass, the non cellulosic component of biomass such as lignin and hemicelluloses are to be converted for effective bio products. Bioproducts such as acrylic acid, vanillin, poly hydroxyl butyric acid and ring opening products from lignin is interesting to many industrial sectors.  Similarly, Furfural, xylitol, acetic acid, and lactic acid are possible targets for commercialization from hemicellulosic component of the tropical biomass, and the latter can be further converted to acrylic acid. It is also important that pre extraction of hemicelluloses components from woody biomass for development of targeted bio products. Above all, cellulosic derived materials and fine chemicals occupy top ranking  and becomes feed stocks for various chemicals and phrama industries benefitting humans and society.
Hence, in the light of these, an international conference on TROPICAL BIOMASS UTILIZATION; BIOCATALYSTS, BIOPRODUCTS AND BIOREFINERY from biomass will offer a novel educational opportunity, which will address important biorefinery-associated issues and provide state of the art view of this emerging field.

This conference will provide a scientific forum involving experts from international as well as national level for addressing utilization of tropical biomass for nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals with a focus on involvement of novel biocatalysts and their role in conversion of biomass, important bioproducts derived from biomass and how the integration of many value-added components to the biomass utilization program would improve the economy of biorefinery. Finally, the issues and challenges in biomass utilization will be resolved as recommendation for implementation which be passed on to the government and policy makers.




Organized by Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India




National Seminar on Algal Taxonomy and Applications
27th and 28th November 2015new

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Krishnamurthy Institute, established by Professor V Krishnamurthy in 1991is in the services of those interested in algae and their applications. The institute is celebrating its founding day from 2003 onwards. One of the important events during the Founding day celebration is presenting Life Time Achievement Award for distinguished algologists who have made significant contributions towards algal taxonomy and their applications. The founding day celebration of Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology will be held on 27th November 2015. Life time achievement award for 2015 will be conferred on Dr G L Tiwari, Department of Botany, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. In connection with founding day celebration, the institute is organizing a 2 day National seminar on Algal Taxonomy and Applications during 27th and 28th November 2015 at S D N B Vaishnav College for Women (autonomous), Chromepet, Chennai 600044. 
Papers are invited on any aspect of algal taxonomy and applications. The seminar will be held under three heads:

  1. Taxonomy of Freshwater algae
  2. Taxonomy of Marine Algae
  3. Applications of Algae

Papers should be based on original research on the taxonomy of freshwater algae and marine algae and applications of algae such as food, feed, and fertilizers, as sources of industrial chemicals pharmaceuticals and pigments and in bioremediation of waste waters.
Only 30 selected papers are to be admitted for oral presentation. These will be selected from the abstracts submitted on or before the last date for receipt of abstracts. Other papers will be accommodated in Poster session.
Registration fees:

  1. Faculty members: Rs. 1000/-

  2. Students and Accompanying persons: Rs. 500/- (Students should enclose a certificate of student status from the Head of the Department/Research Guide.

Last date for Registration fees, receipt of abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) and accommodation charges : 02.11.2015
Accommodation:As far as possible, participants are advised to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Those who need accommodation to be arranged by the organizers, should make a requisition in writing and send Rs. 1000/- towards accommodation charges per day. 
Mode of remittance:
Registration fee and accommodation charges should be remitted by a Demand Draft (DD) on a Chennai Bank drawn in favour of Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology.
Abstracts of papers should be sent along with registration form. Selected papers for oral and poster presentations will be informed soon. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best two papers (one each in oral and posters) presented by bona-fide students.
During the seminar mid morning coffee, lunch and after noon tea will be provided by the organizers. 
Filled in Registration forms along with fees and other charges and the abstracts shoud be mailed to:
Dr J Kamaleswari, Secretary,, Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology, No 9, Lady Madhavan 1st Cross Street, , Mahalingapuram, Chennai 600034, Mobile: 9962555421
If acknowledgement of Registration is required please enclose a self-addressed Post card.  Please avoid interim enquiries. We will come back to you. There will be no refund of Registration fees for non-attendance at the seminar.
Papers presented during seminar will be considered for publication in Indian Hydrobiology, provided the manuscripts are submitted to KIA during the seminar. Two hard copies and a CD should be submitted.

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21 NOVEMBER 2015

Algal biofuels hold promise with the ability of micro-algae to photosynthetically convert carbon dioxide to biomass and other value added products. This energetically unfavorable conversion is powered by solar radiation, available at a low energy density of 20 MJ/, on an average. Several technological challenges will need to be overcome in areas such as (i) microalgal growth, (ii) harvesting and dewatering, and (iii) conversion of biomass to biofuels and valorization in a biorefinery approach. 

The workshop will bring together well-known researchers from academia and industry for intense discussions regarding current challenges. This will also serve as a cross- disciplinary platform for industry-academia interaction in this important field.

Pramod P. Wangikar and Ashok Pandey 
Principal Coordinators


The Workshop is organized and hosted by Indian Institute Of Technology ,Bombay . 
The sessions will be held at VMCC auditorium on the IIT campus.

Invited Speakers

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Wolter Prins

Professor, Department of Bioscience Engineering, University of Ghent, Belgium.

Jo-Shu Chang

Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.

Duu-Jong Lee

Professor, Deptartment of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

S. Venkata Mohan

Principal Scientist, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India

Roger Ruan

Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Min S. Park

Professor, Los Alamos National Lab, Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST), Daejeon, Korea

Thallada Bhaskar

Senior Scientist, Bio-fuels Division, CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum, India

Jong Moon Park

Director, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology and Research, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea.

Philippe Michaud

Professor, Head of Biological Engineering department, Pascal, UMR, CNRS, France

Ganti S. Murthy

Associate Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA

Patrick C. Hallenbeck

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

John Beardall

Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia