Infosheet on the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center


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A brief description of research, education and services in the domain of aquaculture by the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center, Ghent University, Belgium

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Infosheet on the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center

  1. 1. networking • Aquaculture Consortium: coordinates interdisciplinary aquaculture related research of 14 departments of the Ghent University • ASEM Aquaculture Platform: a multi-stakeholder dialogue between Asia and Europe for the development of sustainable aquaculture ( • VIFINET: Vietnam Fisheries and Aquaculture Institutional Network • others: EATP, Food2Know, EAS, WAS Department of Animal Production Faculty of Bioscience Engineering Ghent University Rozier 44 – 9000 Gent – Belgium disease & health management • Standard gnotobiotic Artemia culture system for studying host-microbial interactions especially the mode of action of probiotic and pathogenic bacteria • Challenge test on turbot larvae with Listonella anguillarum through bio-encapsulation in Artemia • Study of penaeid viral diseases web based & online services • BibMail & IoI: on a 2-weekly service to our graduated MSc and PhD students. Contains the compiled content tables of the major aquaculture journals. ‘Information of Interest’ features news on interesting new projects, grant applications, job vacancies, etcetera • Aquaculture Database: a database that allows to browse through our vast collection of images, literature references & useful links • Electronic Larviculture & Artemia Newsletter: a biweekly newsletter compiling relevant information on larviculture. Distributed via e-mail and available online contract research & analysis • Artemia cyst quality control • Artemia cyst bank • Lipid analysis (HUFA, lipid classes) • Feeding trials with fish & shellfish larvae and juveniles MSc Aquaculture A multi-disciplinary, internationally oriented, 2-year postgraduate programme, established in 1991. The objective is to deliver students with a critical attitude necessary for scientific research as well as technical and management skills, enabling our graduates to pursue a successful career in the aquaculture industry or preparing them for a leading policy and decision-making position. Aqua-TNET European Thematic Network which aims at facilitating the integration of European education in aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management ( MAqFish A project that strives towards the integration of the curriculum of our MSc with six other leading European universities teaching aquaculture at the MSc level. This yields a higher variety of specialised courses and thesis work for our students. The ultimate goal is the establishment of a European Masters in Aquaculture ( larviculture, broodstock & egg quality • Small scale recirculation systems for the culture of fish and shrimp larvae • Zootechnical aspects and water quality management • Know-how on turbot, European seabass & seabream, African catfish, various penaeid shrimp species, Macrobrachium, and others nutrition • Application of Artemia as live food, such as decapsulation and bio- encapsulation • Application of rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis): enrichment procedures & products, high-density closed recirculation culture… history Under impulse of the FAO, the Artemia Reference Center (ARC), was established in 1978 as a section of the Laboratory of Mariculture. It became an independent Research Center of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering in 1985. In view of an expansion of research and training activities the name "Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center (ARC)" was adopted in 1989. In 1990, Prof. Dr. Patrick Sorgeloos was officially appointed as director. The lab counts on average 25 staff members, about half are scientific staff and resident PhD students and the other half are technical and administrative staff. About 10 more PhD students are partly resident and partly based in their home university. Artemia studies • Artemia strain characterisation, taxonomy, life cycle aspects like diapause, enrichment metabolism and applicability in larviculture. • Biology and population dynamics of natural Artemia populations • Production of Artemia cysts and/or biomass in ponds and solar saltworks • Integrated Artemia/salt and/or shrimp production The Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center has (had) projects running in, or cooperated with partners from: Belgium, The Netherlands, France, UK, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Israel, Iran, Kenya, South-Africa, USA, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, and others.