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Dear Colleagues

This is to let you know that Department of Biotechnology, Government of India has sanctioned a project to barcode marine molluscs of India as a multi-institutional project involving Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala and Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India.  The major objectives of the project are to document the biodiversity and to generate DNA barcode data of marine molluscs of India, with special emphasis on the fauna of southeast and southwest coasts, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar islands. The marine molluscan fauna of India includes about 3,370 species, and 24 species including Cassis cornuta, Charonia tritonis, Conus millnedwardsii), Cypraecassis rufa, Hippopus hippopus, Nautilus pompilus, Tridacna maxima, T. quamosa, Cypraea lamacina, C. mappa, C. talpa, Pleuroploca trapezium, Harpulina arausiaca, Lambis chiragra, L. chiragra arthitica, L. crocea, L. millepeda, L. scorpius. L. truncata, Placenta placenta, Strombus plicatusi, Trochus niloticus and Turbo marmoratus are protected by including them under the Schedule – I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.  Dr. Sanil George of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Dr. A. Biju Kumar of University of Kerala and Dr. Patterson Edward of Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute will co-ordinate the programme. The project will be completed in three year period.


We would like to get the input from marine barcoders, especially those involved in molluscan barcoding. 


Warm regards






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Comment by Dr A P Singh on November 6, 2011 at 2:55am
Congrats to Dr Sanil George for getting this prestigious project.I hope he will have achievements even higher than  amphibian barcoding. I am proud to have undergone training in  DNA Barcoding basics under him at RGCB. Hope some day we work together
Comment by Biju Kumar on October 29, 2011 at 9:07pm

Hi Aakinwale

We need government supported schemes for international collaboration and need to try for intergovernmental fellowships for collaboration 



Comment by MOHAMMAD-MONZOOR on October 29, 2011 at 5:02am

Dear Biju,

The NIGERBOL group is also involved in the collection and preparation of moluscan samples of marine origin from the Gulf of Guinea, off the Bight of Benin (Nigeria). Though there are yet to be reliable counts of the number of species, experience in our collection and challenges so far encountered shows that comparison of notes with such research group as yours may expedite progress and thin the challenges to a bearable level especially because only non-governmental organizations are light and committed enough to carry these type of task to fruition in our clime.

We have not set a time-limit though previous attempts to get support through Rajiv Ghandi Fellowship for African Scientists for our DNA barcoding of marine species failed in 2010.


Could you let us know if there are other India-based funding and equipment support agencies that may facilitate our collaboration with you?


AAkinwale, M-M.A


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