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Abstract: Algae are a very large and diverse group of organisms with huge significance, having many
applications ranging from food products to biofuel production due to their ability to profitably accumulate huge
content of beneficial macromolecules (such as, proteins, lipids, etc.). The city of Bhubaneswar in Khordha
district of Odisha is in the east coast of India. It is recognised as the temple city and has a lot of ponds and other
water bodies around, many of which are of religious significance. In the present study the algal species present
in the water bodies dotting the city were identified up to the genus level. Eleven samples were collected from
various freshwater habitats in the city. After microscopic observations of the samples the organisms were
identified using relevant monographs under various algal groups. The algal species identified indicated that
their growth was favoured by the hot and humid tropical savanna climate of the city. Such algal diversity
analysis helps in indentifying the potential algal species that could be screened, isolated and their favored
growth in such an agro-climatic condition can be capitalised for beneficial use.