Botany Faculty

Dr. Basil George

Assistant Professor

Education: BSc., MG University, 2005
MSc., MG University, 2007
PhD., Sardar Patel University, 2012

Area of Specialization: Microalgae- Taxonomy, Culturing and Bio-prospecting


Awards & Recognition:

The ability of microalgae to grow rapidly, and adapt to extremes of environment makes them suitable models for understanding metabolic and evolutionary processes. The potential of microalgal photosynthesis for the production of valuable compounds or for energetic use is widely recognized due to their more efficient utilization of sunlight energy as compared with higher plants. My research mainly focuses on assessing the microalgal diversity from different habitat locations and isolation of potent microalgal strains for bio-prospecting.
Bio-prospecting of microalgae from different aquatic and terrestrial environments and extreme habitats, is considered to be of tremendous significance for obtaining promising and novel isolates with potential applications. Now-a-days, there are numerous commercial applications of microalgae such as, microalgae can be used to enhance the nutritional value of food and animal feed owing to their chemical composition; they play a crucial role in aquaculture and they can be incorporated into cosmetics. My research is aimed to assess the diversified nutrients and biochemical constitutes of microalgae, which could devise chemotaxonomic position of microalgae and can also be recommend for various pharmaceutical, biofuels, pigment applications. Apart from these the role of different biotic and abiotic factors on the biochemical composition, growth and productivity of microalgae is also being investigated.
The new potent strains isolated can be further exploited at regional labs which are actively engaged in research on bio-fuel production, pigment extraction, PHA, bio-plastics, biosensors and many other commercially important eco-friendly products.



1. Madhusree Mitra, Shailesh Kumar Patidar, Basil George, Freny Shah, Sandhya Mishra. A euryhaline Nannochloropsis gaditana with potential for nutraceutical (EPA) and biodiesel production. Algal Research. 8: 161–167. 2015
2. Kaumeel Chokshi, Imran Pancha,  Khanjan Trivedi, Basil George, Rahulkumar Maurya, Arup Ghosh, Sandhya Mishra. Biofuel potential of the newly isolated microalgae Acutodesmus dimorphus under temperature induced oxidative stress conditions. Bioresource Technology 180 : 162–171. 2015
3. Shailesh Kumar Patidar , Kaumeel Chokshi , Basil George, Sourish Bhattacharya and Sandhya Mishra. Dominance of cyanobacterial and cryptophytic assemblage correlated to CDOM at heavy metal contamination sites of Gujarat, India. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 187:4118. 2015
4. Basil George, Nirmal Kumar, J.I., Rita N. Kumar. An evaluation of phytoplankton assemblage in relation to environmental variables of Narmada Estuarine Region of Gulf of Khambhat, Gujarat, India. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 13(1): 115-131. 2015
5. Basil George, Imran Pancha, Kaumeel Chokshi, Tonmoy Ghosh, Chetan Paliwal, Sandhya Mishra. Effects of different media composition, light intensity and photoperiod on morphology and physiology of freshwater microalgae Ankistrodesmus falcatus – A potential strain for bio-fuel production. Bioresource Technology 171. 367–374. 2014
6. Shailesh Kumar Patidar, Madhusree Mitra, Basil George, R. Soundarya, Sandhya Mishra . Potential of Monoraphidium minutum for carbon sequestration and lipid production in response to varying growth mode. Bioresource Technology. 172 32–40. 2014
7. Imran Pancha, Kaumeel Chokshi, Basil George, Tonmoy Ghosh, Chetan Paliwal, Rahulkumar Maurya, Sandhya Mishra. Nitrogen stress triggered biochemical and morphological changes in the microalgae Scenedesmus sp. CCNM 1077. Bioresource Technology .156. 146–154. 2014
8. Nirmal Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Ali Kharrazi, Ram Avtar. Characterization and evaluation of hydrological processes responsible for spatiotemporal variation of surface water quality at Narmada estuarine region in Gujarat, India. Applied Water Science. DOI 10.1007/s13201-014-0187-5. 2014
9. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George and Shamiyan Khan. Statistical evaluation of water quality parameters for two different seasons in Mahi estuary, West coast of India. Ekologia (Bratisalva). Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 126–137. 2013
10. Basil George, Nirmal Kumar, J.I, and Rita N. Kumar. Study on the influence of hydro-chemical parameters on phytoplankton distribution along Tapi estuarine area of Gulf of Khambhat, India. Egyptian Journal of Aquatic research. 38: 157-170. 2012
11. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George. Bio-Monitoring of Phytoplankton to assess the water quality of Mahi Estuary, Western Gujarat, India. International Journal of Advanced Research in Biotechnology. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 001-004. 2012
12. Basil George, Nirmal Kumar, J.I, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. Studies on biosorption potentially of living Aspergillus niger. Tiegh in removing heavy metal from aqueous solution. Bioremediation Journal. 16(4): 195-203. 2012
13. Nirmal Kumar, J.I, Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and ShailendraViyol. An Assessment of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of The coastal water of Narmada Estuary, Gujarat and statistical evaluation of its seasonal changes. Journal of Water and Land Development.  No. 16 (I–VI): 43–48. 2012
14. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George and Shailendra Viyol. An Assessment of the Accumulation Potential of Pb, Zn and Cd by Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. in Vamleshwar Mangroves, Gujarat, India. Notulae Scientia Biologicae. 3 (1). 36-40. 2011
15. Nirmal Kumar J.I., Sajish P.R., Rita N Kumar, Basil George and Shailendra Viyol. Nutrient Dynamics in an Avicennia marina (Forsk.) Vierh., Mangrove Forest in Vamleshwar, Gujarat, India. Global Journal of Environmental Research. 5 (1). 32-38. 2011
16. Nirmal Kumar, J.I., Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and Shailendra Viyol. Biosorption of Mercury and Lead by dried Aspergillus niger.Tiegh isolated from estuarine sediments. International Journal of Environmental Studies. Vol. 67, No. 5, 735–746. 2010
17. Nirmal Kumar, J.I., Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and Shailendra Viyol. Assessment of Spatial and Temporal Fluctuations in Water Quality of a Tropical Permanent Estuarine System - Tapi, West Coast India. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 7(3): 267-276. 2009
18. Nirmal Kumar, J.I., Basil George, Rita N. Kumar, Sajish P. R. and Shailendra Viyol. An assessment of heavy metal distribution at lower reaches of three permanent tropical estuaries of gulf of Khambhat, India.  International journal of Pollution Research. 4: 597-601. 2009