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Sponsor visits Aquaculture Labatory

Sponsor of Aquaculture Research Pays a Visit to the Aquaculture Laboratory in Kottman Hall.

The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) is one of five regional aquaculture centers administered by the US Department of Agriculture whose mission is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education in order to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture industry.  These actions will benefit consumers, producers, service industries, and the American economy. This federal program is competitive, however over the years many projects addressing production of freshwater fish have supported OSU research and several graduate and undergraduate students have been funded with this money to complete their degrees.

NCRAC Director, Joe Morris, and NCRAC Industry Chair, Bill Lynch, visited with Dr. Konrad Dabrowski and his students in the OSU Aquaculture laboratory Tuesday, August 4th. Graduate students and undergraduate students conducting research within the Aquaculture laboratory were able to give Morris and Lynch short presentations on their current research projects.

Research projects include:

  • Improvement of Yellow Perch (Perca favescens) intensive larvae culture through live food enrichment with polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, John Grayson
  • Combining genetic selection and “nutritional programming” to improve Yellow Perch response to a soybean protein-based diet, Megan Kemski
  • Optimizing production of monosex female yellow perch population through induced gynogenesis, Mackenzie Miller
  • Yellow perch sperm motility, cryopreservation, and viability of resulting larvae/juveniles, Mackenzie Miller
  • Induction of polyploidy in cyprinid fishes using heat or cold shocks, Mackenzie Miller
  • Production of all female yellow perch through sex reversal, Kristen Towne
  • Effects of overwinter conditions on survival and growth of invasive species of Asian carp, Kevin Fisher

In a letter received by the aquaculture students after the visit, Dr. Morris said: “Both Bill Lynch, NCRAC Industry Chair, and I were impressed with the depth and thought in your presentations”.

Morris and Lynch also visited the Animal Sciences Molecular Biology Lab and met with Dr. Mick Wick (Animal Sciences) as well as toured the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park.

PHOTO: From top left – Joe Morris, NCRAC Director; Bill Lynch, NCRAC Industry Chair; John Grayson, SENR graduate student; Mackenzie Miller, SENR graduate student; Dr. Konrad Dabrowski; Megan Kemski, Food Science graduate student; Kristen Towne, SENR graduate student.


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