Fish Bioinformatics Centre

Fisheries sector has been an integral component for growth of Indian agriculture. Increased attention on aquatic organisms for food and on the unique genes they may contain, combined with rapid biotechnological development has raised global concern for conservation of aquatic genetic resource. The genetic resources have value in terms of economic, ecological and social uses. Therefore, they need to be characterized, managed and utilized judiciously on sustainable basis in the country. Hence, it is imperative to put in perspective research programmes to develop appropriate conservation strategies and actions to safeguard the aquatic biodiversity of the country for the benefit of the present and for posterity.

'ASHAA' has been established at the 'Centre for Fish Bioinformatics', National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow under the project "Establishment of National Agricultural Bioinformatics Grid in ICAR" funded by 'National Agricultural Innovation Project'. It is one of the most advanced computational facilities in the National Agricultural Research and Education System dedicated Indian to fishery research.

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR, Government of India inaugurated "ASHAA" (Advanced Supercomputing Hub for Aquatic Animals) and dedicated this facility to the nation in a function held at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow on 18th February 2014. While addressing the gathering, he emphasized on utilizing this state-of-the-art facility by the scientists working in ICAR/SAU’s and stressed on creating awareness among the students/ bioinformatics tools in omics research.

The aim of establishment of ASHAA is to develop a hub for computational biology and bioinformatics to support frontier biotechnological research in fisheries domain with integration of high performance system, attached network and parallel file system based storage. The supercomputing hub is poised to bridge the gap between genomic information and knowledge by utilizing statistical and computational sciences. ASHAA consists of hybrid hardware architecture of Linux and Windows based clusters i.e. Red hat Linux operating environment for HPC Systems and Window 7 for the workstations. This robust mini super-computing facility consist of 16 Linux based cluster nodes having 96 GB RAM, 1 Head node, 1 login node, 1 CMS server, more than 76.7 TB storage capacity supporting the PFS, SAN and NAS storage structures, active and passive networking components. It also adorned with several important application software packages such as CLC Genomics Workbench, Discovery Studio and other software useful for analysis of fish genome and proteome data. A linkage with seven fisheries institutions has been envisaged under this network which will help to bridge the gap of Omics information and knowledge within the fisheries domain. It is hoped that ASHAA will open up new vistas for molecular research in fisheries including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics for enhancing the aquaculture production and development of improved varieties/strains.

Activities:

Development of fish bioinformatics grid for the country
Creation of local databases and central data warehouse for genomic resources across species.
Analysis and research activities using valuables resources of selected fishes.
Human resource development in fish bioinformatics
Create and promote inter-disciplinary research groups with focus on agricultural bioinformatics












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