Preliminary Screening of Halophilic Microalgae Collected from Different Salt Pans of Tuticorin, Southeast Coast of India

  • S. Balakrishnan
  • P. Santhanam
  • S. Jeyanthi
  • M. Divya
  • M. Srinivasan
Short Communication


Halophilic microalgae were collected from the salt pans of Tuticorin, Southeast coast of India. Collected specimens belonged to 13 species, of which 3 were Bacillariophyceae, 4 were Chlorophyceae and 6 were Cyanophyceae. During the study period, it was observed that the species diversity was decreased sharply when the salinity of the water increases. Hypersaline region i.e. in the crystallizing area only Dunaliella sp. and Nitzschia sp. were seen. Dunaliella sp. was the most prominent species in the crystallizing area forming orange-red patches on the salt crystals. While the algae were cultured under laboratory condition, most of the species were failed to grow except Oscillatoria sp. and Dunaliella sp. are the prevailing collection in hypersaline area Tuticorin.


Halophilic Microalgae Salt pans Tuticorin Diversity 



The authors thank the authorities of Bharathidasan University for providing the necessary facilities and the first authors thankful to the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, New Delhi for financial support through UGC-Research Awardee (No. F.30-1/2014 (SA-II)/RA-2014-16-SC-TAM-4364 dated 05/02/2015). Authors are thankful to Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi, for provided financial assistance for microalgae culture facility through the extramural project (BT/PR 5856/AAQ/3/598/2012). The authors would like to thank the editors and the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Balakrishnan
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Santhanam
    • 2
  • S. Jeyanthi
    • 2
  • M. Divya
    • 2
  • M. Srinivasan
    • 3
  1. 1.Marine Aquarium and Regional CentreZoological Survey of India, Govt. of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeDighaIndia
  2. 2.Marine Planktonology and Aquaculture Laboratory, Department of Marine ScienceBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia
  3. 3.Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine SciencesAnnamalai UniversityParangipettaiIndia

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