Cyanofarm Research Center is conducting research activities around cyanobacteria with multidisciplinary approach. Our well-equipped research laboratory aids in conducting scientific experiments mostly on cyanobacteria. Cyanofarm works on four dimensions:
1. Nutritional; 2. Socio-economic;
3. Educational; and 4. Environmental.
Under this dimension ‘Malnourishment Program’ has been undertaken. We are studying malnourishment in India: history, current status, reasons and effective solutions. Under this program we have conducted ‘Health Camp for Women’ to understand their health status. We are doing surveys of food habits all around India. We are writing Review Paper on Malnourishment in India. We are publishing a book for public awareness on ‘Malnourishment’, on World Nutrition Day, 28th May 2018, along with seminar on ‘Malnourishment in India’.
Due to its (cyanobacteria) dense nutritional value (macro as well micro nutritional), high absorption capacity, metabolic corrective properties and high growth rate we are looking towards cyanobacteria as an effective and immediate solution for malnourishment. Under Environmental perspective we are conducting experiments to naturally improve nutritional value of food items under cultivation (vegetables, fruits, grains etc.) using cyanobacteria.
We are in process of creating a prototype of cyanobacterial cultivation. Our objective is optimization and automation with low cost technology of this prototype for farmers’ training program. This is to provide alternative sustainable source of income to our farmers through aquaculture.
Cyanofarm is training interns from various disciplines by employing research methodology. ‘Multi-disciplinary approach’ provides benefit of various perspectives in research. This results in better outcome. We are trying to inculcate science and research acumen amongst society, especially children. We conduct workshops for students, wherein activity based learning is the underlying principle. Students are encouraged to conduct their own research projects and thereby learn research methodology.
We are currently conducting various experiments with plants to naturally improve nutritional value of vegetables, fruits and grains etc. using bio-fertilizers (made of cyanobacteria). We will soon be continuing with our earlier experiments of bio-degradation of pesticides using cyanobacteria.