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Assistant Scientific Officer (Husbandry) 1993-'95

At the Field R&D Centre of Minota Aquatech Ltd., the erstwhile aquaculture subsidiary of ITC Ltd. The main function was to provide technical support through routine analysis of various physico-chemical and biological parameters involved in shrimp hatchery and grow-out farm of the company at Tuticorin, India.


Minota Aquatechs Hatchery and Farm

Scientific Officer (Shrimp Health) 1995-'96

At the R&D Centre of the above company at Chennai, India. The function includes diagnostic pathology of shrimp, disease investigations and development of preventive and therapeutic measures for various shrimp diseases.

Minota R&D Centre

Some of the works published

       Panchayuthapani, D.1997. A survey of shrimp diseases in India. In T.W. Flegel and I.H. Mac Rae(eds.) Diseases in Asian Aquaculture III. Fish Health Section, Asian Fisheries Society, Manila. Pp 225-232. Abstract

       Rao, A.V.P., D. Panchayuthapani, Anita Murthy and B.S. Ajitha kumar.1995. Resistance to diseases in tiger shrimp, Penaeus monodon through incorporation of glucan in feed. Fishing Chimes. April 1996.

       Alagaraaja, K., S. Ramamurthy, D. Ramaraj, D. Panchayuthapani, B.S. Ajitha Kumar and A. Sandhya. 1997. Shrimp seed quality. AFI Special Publication, Aquaculture Foundation of India, Chennai, India.

Aquatic Pathologist 1997-'98

At the Aquatic Pathology laboratory, Chennai of INVE Aquaculture NV., a Belgium based aquaculture feed manufacturer. The main function was to provide technical support for a commercial dot-blot based gene probe kit for rapid detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) in shrimp and shrimp disease related studies.

Aquatic Pathology Laboratory, INVE Aquaculture NV.

Some of the works published

       Panchayuthapani, D and Kenneth E. Corpron. 1997. Rapid diagnostic methods for viral diseases of shrimp. Fishing Chimes. May 1997. p31.

       Panchayuthapani, D.1997. DNA-based kit to detect shrimp virus. Science & Technology Edition, The Hindu, Nov. 20, 1997. p 28. Abstract

Consulting Microbiologist 1999 -‘00

For NCC Bluewater Products Ltd., Visakhapatnam, India. The principle functions were setting up the on-farm microbiology facility for the company and training the personnel in various microbial techniques to support the shrimp hatchery and farm.


Laboratory In-Charge 2000-01


At Padmanabha Labs, Chennai, India. Managing the activities of the shrimp disease diagnostic laboratory. The responsibilities included were quality evaluation of shrimp seed by PCR technique and diagnostic microbiology of shrimp hatchery and farm.


Responsable de laboratoire 2001-present


At the Domestication and Breeding Centre of Aquaculture de la Mahajamba (AQUALMA), Madagascar. The function includes managing various laboratory units like microbiology, PCR and histology and screening for pathogens to ensure SPF status of the domesticated broodstocks.  Providing diagnostic support for the companies hatcheries and farms.