International Collaborative Project on Water Hyacinth

A major international project entitled “Multimodal Data Analysis For Monitoring Invasive Aquatic Weeds In India” has been sanctioned with Dr. G. Nagendra Prabhu, Principal Investigator of the Centre for Research on Aquatic Resources of our College as a collaborator. The partnering institutions include the University of Stirling (leading partner) and University of Strathclyde from United Kingdom along with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Indian Institute of Plant Health Management (IIPHM) in Hyderabad. The project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, London under its “Frontiers Follow-on” scheme which comes under the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK Government.
It is a multi-national, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary project which aims to develop effective methods that combine the use of multiple data sources (satellite and drone observations and ground-based sensors) to monitor the spread of invasive aquatic weed, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Algorithms will be devised combining multi-modal data for effective detection, pilot trials will be carried out and sustainability ensured through training and dissemination activities. The total grant sanctioned is British Pounds (£) 2.99 Lakhs, approximately Rupees 2.8 crores for the project lasting 3 years.
Dr. Prabhu has more than 25 years of research experience and has established the Centre for Research on Aquatic Resources in the College in 2011. He has developed many innovative rural technologies for the value addition of aquatic weeds such as water hyacinth and is a recipient of more than 20 national and international awards and fellowships. Currently he is the Chairman, U. G. Board of Studies in Biotechnology of the University of Kerala and a life member of 5 national Scientific Societies.
For more information, please contact 9495017901.
Dr. P. R. Unnikrishna Pillai
28-02-2020 Principal