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Benno Pereira

I completed my BSc and MSc degree in Zoology and a PhD in Aquatic Biology & Fisheries from the University of Kerala (India). Since joining the Department of Aquaculture, St. Albert’s College in 1995, I have taught the undergraduate and graduate programs in Zoology, Aquaculture and Fisheries and supervised MSc and PhD dissertations in various areas of fisheries science.
I directed the Conservation Research Group (currently CRGCS) since its inception in 2007 until October 2009. My research interests are in fish genetics and biotechnology with special emphasis on cryopreservation and captive breeding of endemic food and ornamental fishes.  I have developed cryopreservation technologies for a number of commercially important marine and freshwater fishes of Kerala. Currently I supervise two PhD candidates working on issues related to conservation of endemic freshwater fishes and two MPhil candidates working on inland fisher livelihoods.

Selected Recent Publications
K. Krishnakumar, R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Bijukumar, M. Sekharan, B. Pereira & A. Ali. 2009 When pets become pests: exotic aquarium fishes and biological invasions in Kerala, India Current Science 97(4): 474-476

K. Krishnakumar, R. Raghavan & B. Pereira 2009 Protected on papers, hunted in wetlands: exploitation and trade of freshwater turtles from Punnamada, Kerala, India Tropical Conservation Science 2(3): 363-373

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali, B. Pereira & L. Sujarittanonta 2009 Damsel in distress – the tale of Miss Kerala, Puntius denisonii (Day) an endemic and endangered cyprinid of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India Aquatic Conservation – Marine and Freshwater ecosystems 19(1): 67-74

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali & B. Pereira 2008 Fish fauna of River Chalakudy part of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot (South India) – patterns of distribution, threats and conservation needs Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 3119- 3131

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali & B. Pereira 2008 Exotic fishes in a global biodiversity hotspot- a case study from River Chalakudy, part of Western Ghats, Kerala, India Biological Invasion 10 (1): 37-40

R. Raghavan, M. Tlusty, G. Prasad, B. Pereira, A. Ali & L. Sujarittanonta. 2007 Should endemic and threatened ornamental fishes of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot be captive bred for international trade? Current Science 93(9): 1211-1213

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