wageningen university

Competences: WU is a thematic university, focusing on all aspects of life sciences, with particular emphasis on healthy food and environment. WU is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre (a combination of contract-research institutions and Wageningen University), which is one of Europe’s largest knowledge centres in the area of Life Sciences (annual turnover 0.7 billion €, 7000 employees).

In this project WU is represented by the Aquaculture and Fisheries group (AFI), which has a strong history in basic research on fish nutrition and on recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). The interaction between system and nutrition, including waste management, is a focus area in AFI’s research. AFI has participated in numerous national and international projects (recent EU-FP6&FP7 projects such as PRO-EEL, PROMICROBE, WEALTH, GRASS, SustainAqua, AQUA-EXCEL).

Material resources: The facilities of WU include well equipped laboratories for biological, chemical, histological and biochemical analysis as well as a large experimental fish culture facility. The experimental fish facility (which is partially included in the European infrastructure “Aquaexcel”) has various sizes of fish tanks (from 10L up to 1000L) with full control of temperature, light, water flow and water purification as well as 20 small scale experimental RAS units. The group has been a pioneer in research on fish-system interaction focussing on the feed-fish-system axis (incl. waste production and impact of water quality on nutritional aspects). The facilities and expertise of the group guarantees the capacity to perform and complete the proposed tasks in this project.

Role: WU: is leader of WP7 (Dissemination, training,..); will participate in WP5 performing experiments on faecal waste production (incl. leading Task 5.2); will participate in WP3 (Task 3.3) on impact of aquatic environment (rearing condition/system) on mineral requirement; and will assist in the modelling task of WP5.

Staff members’ profile:

  • Prof J.A.J. Verreth is head of the group. His research focuses on interactions between nutrition, husbandry and water quality in recirculation systems and sustainability of fish farming. He was president of European Aquaculture Society from 2004-2006.
  • Dr. J.W. Schrama (associate professor) has 20 years of experience in animal nutrition. His main expertise is on the relation between feed-fish-system axis with a focus on faecal waste production (faecal quality) and on impact of feed and water quality on feed intake.
  • Ir. L.T.N. Heinsbroek (senior scientist) is an expert on fish nutrition with an emphasis on impact of nutrition on the interactions between fish and systems (esp. RAS).
  • Ing. E.H. Eding senior scientist on recirculating aquaculture systems, with a focus on the impact of water born substance accumulating in RAS (such as minerals) on fish performance.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.