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ASU doctoral student gets grant for aquaculture research in India

An aerator floating on shrimp farming pond.
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An aerator floating on shrimp farming pond.

A doctoral student from Arizona State University has received grant funding to help her conduct research in Asia. That money will contribute to research related to aquaculture, a practice that allows farmers to farm fish on land.

Garima Jain has spent 13 years conducting field work in her home country of India.

With regards to the topic of aquaculture in India, her research revolves around exploring why the practice is growing in certain geographies, what is causing people to shift from rice cultivation to aquaculture and what the consequences are related to this shift.

Jain says completing some tasks is expensive.

“I also needed to do household level surveys, but to do any kind of field work, I believe, anywhere in the world, but especially in these far-flung areas in India, which is a pretty large country, it's quite costly," she said.

She also says aquaculture can be unsustainable.

“It's not environmentally very sustainable because ... if you imagine you pulling sea, saline water onto land and then when you do that, your neighboring environment also gets affected by it and forces more people to shift from rice to aquaculture,” she said.

Jain obtained grants from the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation. She also received a scholarship from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.
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