Seaweed medicine; Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1.5 crore for a researcher in Grand Kochi

For Thomas Joseph

Kochi: Kochi CMFRI researcher has been awarded the National Prize for his discovery of a cure for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes using algae.

The chief scientist of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Dr. Kajal Chakraborty received the award, the CMFRI said in a statement.

He has received the National Norman Borlog Award, which is presented every five years. The prize money is 10 lakh rupees. The award is given by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research of the Central Department of Agriculture. A grant of Rs 1.5 million will be provided for research activities for five years.

“I am happy to have received such great recognition, not only for myself, but also as a result of the collaborative work of the research institute. The award money will be a boost for their further research,” he said in an exclusive interview. with Samayam Malayalam. Said the emperor.

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The award was announced by the Union Minister of Agriculture, Narendra Singh Tomar, in an online function organized in the context of Kovid.

In addition to type 2 diabetes, Drs. Important in the Kajal finds. – Explains CMFRI.

Immunity boosting drug to increase immunity against algae Developed by Kajal.

“The potential for this product to be effective in preventing viral diseases like Kovid-19 can be determined after further research and studies in the future,” he said. Emperor Kajal told Malayalam at that time.

With the 1.5 million rupee research grant received along with the award, it is planned to launch more studies and drugs in the same field in the next five years: Dr. Kajal said.

“This is not the first time that seaweed has been found to be beneficial to humans. Seaweed is mainly used in agriculture to make fertilizers and pesticides. Green algae is even a staple food in countries like Japan, Korea, China and Malaysia “. – He said.

“It is very common around us, so it is possible to make products that do not cost a fortune,” he said. Emperor. These algae mainly thrive in the Gulf of Mannar, which borders Tamil Nadu, the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, and the shores of Andhra Pradesh.

Although they grow naturally in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha and some coastal areas of the Kozhikode and Kozhikode districts, the Marine Research Center is currently planning to cultivate these algae on a large scale. The geographic information system will be used to find suitable areas for it – says the researcher.

Kajal is considering other marketing possibilities in addition to pharmaceuticals. He added that such an investigation would only make full sense if it were conducted in a way that could be used by food manufacturing companies and others.


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