Dr. C.R.K.Reddy

Designation: Chief Scientist
Phone No:
2570885
Phone Ext. No: 6140
E-Mail: crk[at]csmcri.res.in

Research Activities


Production and valorization of macroalgal biomass for sustainable biochemicals and fuels; Promotion of macroalgal cultivation as promising alternative livelihood option for low income coastal communities. Basic research in algal physiology and biochemistry to understand algal adaptations


Expertise


Seaweed Cellular Biotechnology; Marine Macroalgal Biorefinery; Farming of Seaweeds


Editorial board member: 

Journal of Applied Phycology (Springer)

Blue Biotechnology Journal (Nova Science Publishers)

Original research articles in SCI Journals: 76

Book chapters: 13

Publications from 2016 onwards:

  1. Dhara C.D, Gangadharan D, Devesh K.G, Reddy C.R.K, Popat K.M and Anand P (2016).Benthic macroalgal mediated synthesis of Ag Nanoparticles (AgNPs) onto polymeric support, low Ag+ release and evaluation of its potential for in vitro water disinfection. RSC Advances. (under review).
  2. Dhara C.D, Reddy C.R.K, Nikunj B, Poornima S, Tejal G, Madhusree M, Devesh G, and Trivedi M (2016). Unveiling the nutritive, antioxidant and antibacterial potential of eight tropical macroalgae along Kachchh coast, Gujarat. Food Chem. (under review)
  3. Lakshmi S, Trivedi N and Reddy C.R.K (2016). Synthesis and characterization of seaweed cellulose derived carboxymethyl cellulose. Carbohyd. Polym. (accepted).
  4. Mantri V.A, Eswaran K, Shanmugam M, Ganesan M. Veeragurunathan V, Thiruppathi S, Reddy C.R.K and Seth A (2016). An appraisal on commercial farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii in India: success in diversification of livelihood and prospects. J. Appl. Phycol. doi: 10.1007/s10811-016-0948-7.
  5. Trivedi N, Baghel R.S, Bothwell J.H, Vishal G, Reddy C.R.K, Jha B and Lali A (2016). An Integrated process for the extraction of fuel and chemicals from marine macroalgal biomass. Scientific Rep. 6:30728; doi: 10.1038/srep30728.
  6. Singh R.P and Reddy C.R.K (2016). Unraveling the macroalgal-bacterial interactions through associated functional microbiomes. Front. Microbiol. 6:1488. doi: 10.3389/ fmicb. 2015.01488.
  7. Baghel R.S, Trivedi N and Reddy CRK (2016). A simple process for recovery of a stream of products from marine macroalgal biomass. Bioresour. Technol.203:160-165.

Book chapters (2010 onwards)

  1. Reddy C.R.K, Gupta V and Jha, B. 2010. Developments in biotechnology of red algae. In: J. Seckbach and D. J. Chapman (eds.) Red Algae in the Genomic Age, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology 13: Springer, Dordrecht. pp 307-341.
  2. Vaibhav A. Mantri, Reddy C.R.K and Bhavanath Jha. 2010. The reproductive processes in red algal genus Gracilaria and impact of climate change. In: Israel A, Rachel E and Seckbach J (Eds.) Seaweeds and their role in globally changing environments, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology 15. Springer, Dordrecht. pp 319-337.
  3. Puja K, Kumar M, Reddy C.R.K and Bhavanath Jha. 2013. Algal lipids, fatty acids and sterols. In: Dominguez H (Ed.) Functional ingredients from algae for foods and nutraceuticals. Woodhead Publishing Ltd. Cambridge, U.K. pp 87 - 134.
  4. Vishal G, Thakur RS, Reddy C.R.K and Jha B (2014). Seaweed Metabolomics: A new facet of functional genomics. In: Nathalie, B (ed.) Sea Plants. Adv. Bot. Res.71:31-52.
  5. Kumar M, Puja K, Reddy C.R.K and Jha B (2014). Salinity and desiccation induced oxidative stress acclimation in seaweeds. In: Nathalie, B (ed.) Sea Plants. Adv. Bot. Res.71: 91-123.
  6. Trivedi N, Gupta VK, Reddy C.R.K and Jha B (2015). Marine macroalgal biomass as a renewable source of bioethanol. In: Se-Kwon Kim and Choul-Gyun Lee (eds.) Marine Bioenergy: Trends and developments. CRC Publisher, Taylor and Francis Group, USA. pp  197-216.
  7. Radulovich R, Neori A, Valderrama D, Reddy CRK, Cronin H and Forster J (2015). Farming of seaweeds. In: Tiwari B and Troy D (eds.) Seaweed Sustainability-Food and non-food applications. Elsevier, Amsterdam.pp.27-59. 
  8. Trivedi N, Reddy CRK and Lali AM (2016). Marine microbes as a potential source of cellulolytic enzymes. In: Se-Kwon Kim and Fidel Toldra (eds.). Marine Enzymes biotechnology: Production and Industrial applications, Part II- Marine organisms producing enzymes. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research Vol.79, Burlington, Academic Press.pp-27-41
Books (2009 onwards)
  1. Jha B, Reddy, C R K, Thakur, M C and Rao, U M (2009). Seaweeds of India: The diversity and distribution of seaweeds of the Gujarat coast. Springer, Dordrecht Heidelberg London New York. 216p.
  2. Manoj Kumar and Reddy C R K. 2012. Oxidative stress tolerance mechanisms in marine macroalgae (Seaweeds). Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany, 160p.

Patents granted/filed

  1. US Patent No. 6858430, issued February 22, 2005. C R K Reddy, O P Mairh, G. Raja Krishna Kumar, K. Eswaran, P V Subba Rao, K. H. Mody and P K. Ghosh. An Improved Process for Cultivation of Algae.
  2. PCT Publ. No. WO 02/17707, published March 7, 2002. C R K Reddy, O P Mairh, G. Raja Krishna Kumar, K. Eswaran, P V Subba Rao, K. H. Mody and P K. Ghosh. An Improved Process for Cultivation of Algae.
  3. Tanzanian Patent No. TZ /T/ 02/ 00047, issued November 28, 2003. C R K Reddy, O P Mairh, G. Raja Krishna Kumar, K. Eswaran, P V Subba Rao, K. H. Mody and P K. Ghosh. An Improved Process for Cultivation of Algae.
  4. US Patent No 6,893,479, issued May 17, 2005. K.Eswaran, P K. Ghosh, A K. Siddhanta, J S. Patolia, C. Periyasamy, A S. Mehta, K H. Mody, B K. Ramavat, Kamalesh Prasad, M R. Rajyaguru, S. Kulandaivel, C R K Reddy, J B. Pandya, A. Tewari.Integrated method for production of carrageenan and liquid fertilizer from fresh seaweeds.
  5. PCT Publ. No. WO 2004/016656 A1; February 26, 2004. K.Eswaran, P K. Ghosh, A K. Siddhanta, J S. Patolia, C. Periyasamy, A S. Mehta, K H. Mody, B K. Ramavat, Kamalesh Prasad, M R. Rajyaguru, S. Kulandaivel, C R K Reddy, J B. Pandya, A. Tewari.Integrated method for production of carrageenan and liquid fertilizer from fresh seaweeds.
  6. PCT Publ. No. WO2015/102021 A1, published July 9, 2015. Reddy C R K, Singh R.B, Trivedi N, Puja K, Gupta V.K. Kamlesh P and Meena R. An integrated process to recover a spectrum of bio-products from fresh seaweeds
  7. Patent Application No.3811DEL2013. Reddy CRK, Singh R.B, Trivedi N, Puja Kumari, Gupta V.K. Kamlesh P and Meena R. An  integrated process to recover a spectrum of bio-products from fresh seaweed.

Ongoing Grant-in-Aid Projects

  1. Transnational approaches to resolving biological bottlenecks in macroalgal biofuel production (SuBBSea). An international collaborative project funded by DBT, India and BBSRC, UK.
  2. Macroalgal biorefinery for CO2 sequestration and production of biofuel and value-added compounds. A DSIR collaborative project

Others

DBT Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) Member for Algal Biofuels.

Ph.D students guided: 10

Ph.D students currently working: 4