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Kajal Chakraborty wins Norman Borlaug National Award

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on July 18, 2021

Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist, CMFRI

CMFRI scientist awarded for research on series of nutraceutical products

Kajal Chakraborty, Principal Scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has won the Norman Borlaug National Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

He has been awarded for his research related to the development of a series of nutraceutical products made from seaweeds to treat various lifestyle diseases including diabetes.

The award, which is announced once in five years, carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. Besides this, the scientist will be given a research grant of Rs 1.5 core to conduct a challenging research project for five years.

Chakraborty’s research achievements involve developing and commercialising nutraceutical products from selected seaweeds to combat rheumatic arthritic pains, type-2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and hypothyroidism. The latest efforts in this line of research include antiosteoporotic and immune-boost nutraceuticals, and the latter received wider attention in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. His research group developed an anti-microbial therapeutic product of heterotrophic bacterium for use against multi-resistant Gram-negative pathogens.

Published on July 18, 2021

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