V A Mantri

Dr. Vaibhav A. Mantri

Sr. Principal Scientist

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Dr. Vaibhav A. Mantri

Sr. Principal Scientist


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  1. Mantri VA* (2015) Marine algal herbarium: a national repository. Current Science 109: 1379.
  2. Mantri VA*, Ashok KS, Saminathan KR, Rajasankar J, Harikrishna P (2015) Concept of triangular raft design: Achieving higher yield in Gracilaria edulis. Aquacultural Engineering 69: 1 – 6.
  3. Saminathan KR, Ashok KS, Veeragurunathan V, Mantri VA* (2015) Seedling production in the industrially important agarophyte Gracilaria dura (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology, 27(4), 1541-1548.
  4. Mandal SK, Ajay G, Monisha N, Malarvizhi J, Temkar G, Mantri VA (2015) Differential response of varying temperature and salinity regimes on nutrient uptake of drifting fragments of Kappaphycus alvarezii: implication on survival and growth. Journal of Applied Phycology 27: 1571-1581  
  5. Ashok KS, Harikrishna P, Gobalkrishnan M, Saminathan KR, Monish N, Malarvizhi J, Veeragurunathan V, Mantri VA*, Rajasankar J (2016) Does orientation of raft helps in augmenting yield during lean period?: A case study of Gracilaria edulis cultivation in open sea by vertical raft alignment along the south-eastern coast of India. Aquacultural Engineering 74: 186-197.
  6. Ashok KS, Yadav S, Saminathan KR, Monisha N, Malarvizhi J, Ganesan M, Mantri VA* (2016) An orthogonal design to optimize seed production, out-planting, and cultivation of the industrially overexploited red alga Gracilaria edulis (Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 28: 1215-1223.
  7. Veeragurunathan V, Prasad K, Singh N, Malarvizhi J, Mandal SK, Mantri VA (2016) Growth and biochemical characterization of green and red strains of the tropical agarophytes Gracilaria debilis and Gracilaria edulis (Gracilariaceae, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 28: 3479–3489.   
  8. Mantri VA*, Ashok KS, Mohammed Musamil T, Gobalkrishnan M, Saminathan KR, Behra DP, Eswaran K, Tiruuppathi S, Pothal JK, Ghosh PK (2017) Tube-net farming and devise for efficient tissue segregation for industrially important agarophyte Gracilaria edulis (Rhodophyta). Aquacultural Engineering 77: 132 – 135.
  9. Mantri VA*, Eswaran K, Shanmugam M, Ganesan M, Veeragurunathan V, Tiruuppathi S, Reddy CRK, Seth A (2017) An appraisal on commercial farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii in India: success in diversification of livelihood and prospects. Journal of Applied Phycology 29: 335–357.
  10. Mantri VA*, Kavale MG, Kazi MA (2020) Seaweed biodiversity of India: reviewing current knowledge to identify gaps, challenges, and opportunities. Diversity, 12(1), 13. 
  11. Veeragurunathan V, Prasad K, Malarvizhi J, Singh N, Meena R, Mantri VA (2019) Gracilaria debilis cultivation, agar characterization and economics:  bringing new species in the ambit of commercial farming in India. Journal of Applied Phycology 31: 2609-2621.
  12. Mantri VA*, Ganesan M, Gupta V, Krishnan P, Siddhanta AK (2019). An overview on agarophyte trade in India and need for policy interventions. Journal of Applied Phycology, 31(5), 3011-3023.
  13. Balar N, Sharnagat P, Kumari P, Mantri VA* (2019) Variation in the proximate composition of edible marine macroalga Ulva rigida collected from different coastal zones of India. Journal of food science and technology 56: 4749-4755.
  14. Jaiswar S, Mantri VA * (2019) Life cycle-based selection of elite germplasm in industrially important red alga Gracilaria dura: implications for commercial farming. Current Science, 117(11), 1777.
  15. Mantri VA*, Shah Y, Thiruppathi S (2020) Feasibility of farming the agarose-yielding red alga Gracilaria dura using tube-net cultivation in the open sea along the Gujarat coast of NW India. Applied Phycology 1: 12-19. 
  16. Sambhwani K, Modi J, Singhala A, Bramhabatt H, Mishra A, Mantri VA* (2020) Analysis of functional traits in female gametophytic and tetrasporophytic life phases of industrially important red alga Gracilaria dura (Rhodophyta: Gracilariacae). Journal of Applied Phycology 32: 1961-1969.
  17.  NB Balar, VA Mantri* (2020) Insights into life cycle patterns, spore formation, induction of reproduction, biochemical and molecular aspects of sporulation in green algal genus Ulva: implications for commercial cultivation. Journal of Applied Phycology 32: 473-484.
  18. Mantri VA*, Ganesan M, Kavale MG, Gajaria TK (2020) Status, exploitation and resource management of alginophytes in India: an account and way forward. Journal of Applied Phycology 32: 4423-4441.  
  19. Vignesh M, Kazi MA, Rathore MS, Kavale MG, Dineshkumar R, Mantri VA* (2020) Artificial neural network modelling for seedling regeneration in Gracilaria dura (Rhodophyta) under different physiochemical conditions. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 143: 583-591.
  20. Balar N, Jaiswar S, Mantri VA* (2021) Effects of extrinsic abiotic factors on induction of gametogenesis and efficacy of a device for the segregation of non-fused gametes and zygotes in the green alga Ulva lactuca. Applied Phycology 2: 1-9.
  21. Mantri VA*, Kazi MA, Balar NB, Gupta V, Gajaria T (2020) Concise review of green algal genus Ulva Linnaeus. Journal of Applied Phycology 32: 2725-2741.
  22. Shah Y, Yadav A, Kumar MA, Kavale MG, Prasad K, Mantri VA* (2021) ‘Proof of concept’of how tube-net diameter affects growth and agar content in industrially important farmed red seaweed Gracilaria dura. Journal of Applied Phycology 33: 2349-2358.
  23. Jaiswar S, Dawange PS, Thanth C, Mantri VA* (2021) Apical, sub-apical, and basal explants of industrially exploited marine red alga Gracilaria salicornia exhibited differential response to commercial seaweed-derived plant bio-stimulants. Journal of Applied Phycology 33: 3975-3985. 
  24. Mantri VA* (2021) Accomplishments in edible seaweed domain in India and the way forward. Current Science121 (8), 1006.
  25. Veeragurunathan V, Mantri VA, Malarvizhi JM, Eswaran K (2021) Influence of commercial farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii (Rhodophyta) on native seaweeds of Gulf of Mannar, India: Evidence for policy and management recommendation. J Coast Conserv 25: 51.
  26. Gajaria TK, Mantri VA * (2021) Perspectives and attitudes towards the functional and safety aspects of seaweeds for edible applications in India. Foods 10: 3026.
  27.  Jaiswar S, Thakur RS, Dawange PS, Dharmapalan A, Mantri VA*  (2021) Profiling of peak intensity and standard deviation of metabolites in industrially important red seaweed Gracilaria dura (Rhodophyta) by 1H NMR spectra for benchmarking.  ACS Food Science and Technology. 2: 92-100.
  28.  Sambhwani K, Mathukiya G, Dawange PS, Sequeira RA, Prasad K, Mantri VA* (2022) Analysis of functional traits in Gracilaria dura (Rhodophyta: Gracilariacae) reveals variation in wild and farmed populations. Journal of Applied Phycology 34: 1017-1031.
  29. Mantri VA*, Veeragurunthan V, Sambhwani K, Anisoddin Kazi M (2020) Concise review of industrially important red seaweed Gracilaria dura (C. Agardh) J. Agardh. Journal of Applied Phycology, 1-17.
  30. Sambhwani K, Kazi MA, Mishra A, Mantri VA* (2020) De novo transcriptome analysis of industrially important agarophyte Gracilaria dura (Rhodophyta: Gracilariacae) revealed differential expression of genes in gametophyte and sporophyte life-phases. Algal Research 65: 102712.
  31. Shah Y, Rathod M, Kavale MG, Jaiswar S, Mantri VA* (2020) Socio-demographic profiling and asset indicators of Gracilaria dura farmers from northern west coast of India useful for longitudinal analysis. Aquaculture International 30: 273-287.
  32. Mantri VA*, Dineshkumar R, Yadav A, Veeragurunathan V, Ganesan M, Eswaran K, Thiruppathi S (2022) How profitability assessment parameters score under large-scale commercial cultivation of different agarophyte seaweeds along south-eastern coast of India. Aquaculture International, 1-21.
  33. Mantri VA*, Dineshkumar R, Yadav A, Eswaran K, Shanmugam M, Gajaria TK (2022) Projections for profitability assessment parameters under short-term, medium-term and long-term evaluation for three farming techniques of Kappaphycus alvarezii along eastern coast of India. Aquaculture 551, 737912.
  34. Behera DP, Ingle KN, Mathew DE, Dhimmar A, Sahastrabudhe H, Sahu SK, Gobala Krishnan M, Shinde PB, Ganesan M, Mantri VA* (2022) Epiphytism, diseases and grazing in seaweed aquaculture: A comprehensive review. Reviews in Aquaculture 14: 1345-1370.

  1. Ghosh PK, Mantri VA, Pothal JK, Verragurunathan V, Thiruppathi S (2017) Device for seaweed harvesting. United States Patent Publication number US9736984B2; August 22, 2017.
  2. Siddhanta AK, Meena R, Prasad K, Ramavat BK, Ghosh PK, Eswaran K, Thiruppathi S, Mantri VA (2005) A cost effective process for preparing agarose from Gracilaria spp. United States Patent Application  publication number: US2005/0267296/ A1; December 1, 2005.


  1. Reddy CRK, Subba Rao PV, Ganesan M, Eswaran K, Zaidi SH, Mantri VA (2006) Seaweed resources of India. In: Critchely AT, Ohno M, Largo DB (eds.); World Seaweed Resources (in DVD format), ETI Information Services Ltd., Wokingham, Berkshire, U. K. 
  2. Subba Rao PV, Mantri VA, Ganesan K, Kumar SK (2007) Seaweeds as a human diet an emerging trend in the new Millennium. In: Gupta RK, Pandey VD (eds); Advances in Applied Phycology; Daya Publishing House, New Delhi.
  3. Mantri VA*, Reddy CRK, Jha B (2010) Reproductive processes in red algal genus Gracilaria and impact of climate change. In: Israel A, Einav R, Seckback J (eds); Seaweeds and their role in globally changing environments; Springer Science, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  4. Baghel RS, Mantri VA, Reddy CRK (2017) A new wave of research interest in marine macroalgae for chemicals and fuels: challenges and potentials. In:  Kerton FM, Yan N (eds) Fuels, chemicals and materials from the oceans and aquatic sources, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
  5. Sahu SK, Ingle KN, Mantri VA (2020) Epiphytism in seaweed farming: Causes, status, and implications. In: Gothandam K, Ranjan S, Dasgupta N, Lichtfouse E (eds) Environmental Biotechnology Volume 1. Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World, vol 44. Springer, Cham.
  6. Sahu SK, Mantri AV, Zheng P, Yao N (2020) Algae Biotechnology: Current status, potential and impediments. In: Kim SK (ed); Encyclopedia of Marine Biotechnology; John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Hoboken, NJ, USA. 
  7. Sambhwani K, Kazi MA, Mantri VA* (2022) Gracilaria: An Emerging Source of Agar Feedstock—With Special Reference to Industrially Important Species. In: Ranga Rao A, Ravishankar GA (eds); Sustainable Global Resources of Seaweeds; Volume 2. Springer, Cham.
  8. Gajaria TK, Mantri VA* (2022) Emerging Trends on the Integrated Extraction of Seaweed Proteins: Challenges and Opportunities. In: Ranga Rao A, Ravishankar GA (eds); Sustainable Global Resources of Seaweeds; Volume 2. Springer, Cham.

1. Induction of reproduction in economically important green seaweed Ulva. 2. Ascertaining physiological, biochemical and molecular differences in gametophyte and sporophyte life phases in agar yielding read seaweed Gracilaria dura.

I am engaged in research centred around improving cultivation techniques for economically important seaweeds to achieve year round farming. This essentially required more focused attention on strain improvement, artificial seedling production, protocol to reduce epiphytic infestation, developing viable methods of farming as well as understanding role of environmental determinants. We are also trying to establish environmental implication of seaweed cultivation in tropical waters.