AKUATROP 1st Open Day 2009

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AKUATROP’s Open Day

AKUATROP’s Open Day held on 1st November 2009 has been organized by the institute for the public to understand AKUATROP role as Institute of Excellence for Aquaculture field including aquaculture training for farmers and to appraise the important of aquaculture. The main objective of this event was to promote AKUATROP, Local Community Aquaponic Project and Malaysian mahseer juvenile handover ceremony to KETENGAH.

Many visitors came to visit AKUATROP which included local community, UMT staffs and students. The visitors have shown great interest in aquaculture research making all exhibition booths crowded with people. 

Research Talks by Visiting Professor in conjunction with AKUATROP Open day 2009

In conjunction with AKUATROP Open Day 2009, three continuous research talks on different topics by visiting professors from overseas were held. The talks were aimed to expose the researchers, lecturers, and students of UMT the awareness of parasitic infections, deformity in intensively farmed fish and also use of the bioindicators and detection of pollution in aquatic ecosystem. AKUATROP was honored to have two experienced visiting professors, Prof. Emeritus John Lewis and Prof. Emeritus Ron Roberts.

Prof. Emeritus John Lewis is a specialist in zoology from the Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom. He is the Chief Editor in Journal of Helminthology, Cambridge University Press and involved directly in consultancies and linkages with the industries. He is also involved in software extension for data management in scientific research focusing on global pathogen, contagious disease and environmental data including climate changes. On the 2nd of November 2009, he delivered a research talk on “Epidemiology of Parasitic Infections, Electronic Data Management of Scientific Research” in the Library auditorium, UMT. Meanwhile, on the 4th November 2009, he delivered a talk on “Bio indication and Detection of Pollution in Aquatic Ecosystem Current Trends”.

On the 2nd of November, another research talk was delivered by Prof. Emeritus Ron Roberts on the “Skeletal Deformity in Intensively Farmed Fish”.  Prof. Emeritus Ron Roberts is a specialist in Fish Health from the University of Stirling. He is also the Chief Editor of Journal of Fish Disease.

 Kelah juvenile handover ceremony by UMT to KETENGAH in conjunction with AKUATROP Open Day

On 1st of November 2009, AKUATROP was honored to deliver 1000 juveniles of Tor tambroides or known as “kelah merah” to the Lembaga Kemajuan Terengganu Tengah, KETENGAH.  In the ceremony, Kelah juveniles were handed over by UMT Vice Chancellor to KETENGAH director. This program is one of the initiatives taken by AKUATROP as an effort to conserve this species from extinction. 

“Kelah”, is one of the common names for Tor tambroides in Malaysia. Since 1980’s research on Kelah has already been done in UMT. An induced breeding program supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abol Munafi Ambok Bolong has been conducted since the year 2007. This program involves three postgraduate students and has been supported by AKUATROP staff. By collecting the wild broodstock for domestication to hatchery condition, these broodstocks were fed with high protein level of feed until satiation. Induced breeding in UMT was applied with approximately 5000 eggs per brood fish spawned. Fertilized rate was 95% and hatching rate was 53%. In expanding the Kelah Flagship project, AKUATROP has widened the field of study into broodstock management, nutrition (broodstocks, juvenile and grower), system and water quality, genetics and biotechnology and conservation.

Kelah juveniles after delivery from UMT hatchery will be placed in cage culture at Pertang, Kelah Sanctuary Post at Tasik Kenyir. It is monitored by KETENGAH workers and cultured until they reach a suitable size for releasing it to the wild. It is hoped that this little step will bring forward more opportunity in discovering the secret of this fish and will help in maintaining and conserve them to their natural habitat. 

Soft Shell Crab Production Seminar

During AKUATROP Open Day on 1st November 2009, a demonstration session on soft shell crab production was given to the audience by AKUATROP’s crab specialist, Dr. Mhd Ikhwanuddin @ Polity Abdullah, assisted by Azmie Ghazali and Mohd Ihwan Zakariah. Most of the participants were local residences, UMT students, school students, UMT lecturers, local aquaculturists. The objectives of this session are as follows:-

1.  To give information to the public about the Portunid crab research conducted by AKUATROP

2.  To expose the public about the potential of crab culture industry in Malaysia, especially in the production of soft shell crab production

Demonstration on Catfish Induced Breeding

A demonstration on the induced breeding of catfish was done for the audience. The demonstration was conducted by Azmie Ghazali and Muhamad Syukri Shafie.

Speech on Marine Shrimp Aquaculture

Dr. Safiah Jasmani gave a talk on marine shrimp aquaculture. She described the current global situation of shrimp aquaculture and techniques practiced in the hatchery to induce maturation in female shrimp.

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Workshop: “Scientific Publishing: An Editors Perspective” by

Prof. Emeritus John Lewis and Prof. Ron Roberts

28 Oct 09On the 28th and 29th October 2009, a writing workshop was organized by AKUATROP in conjunction with AKUATROP Open Day which was held on the 1st of November 2009. This workshop was officiating by Prof. Dr. Faizah Shaharom, the director of AKUAROP in Redang Conference Hall, UMT. The invited speakers were Prof. John W. Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of London on Scientific Writing and Publication of Experimental Study and Prof. Ronald J. Roberts, Professor Emeritus University of Stirling on Scientific Writing and Publication of Novel Findings. The two day workshop were participated by more than 100 people including researchers, lecturers, and post graduate students. The workshop included theory explanation and on screen demonstration and also discussion with participants. It is hoped that the information and tips which had been discussed and shared from this workshop will enlighten all researchers and students in UMT on how to get their paper published in a good and high impact factor-journal. It is also hoped that this workshop will improve UMT researchers, lecturers and post graduate students skill in scientific writing.


Public lecture by visiting professor, Dr. A. S. Sahul Hameed

27 Oct 09

Dr. A.S. Sahul Hameed is a World Animal Health Organization (OIE) expert from the Aquaculture Division, Department of Zoology, at C. Abdul Hakeem College, Tamil Nadu, India. On 27th October 2009 he delivered a public lecture entitled “White Spot Syndrome Virus of Shrimp: Diagnostics and Control Measures” at Sultanah Nur Zahirah Auditorium Library, UMT. 

According to Dr. Sahul Hameed, one of the major constraints in aquaculture systems all over the world is diseases. More than twenty viruses belonging to different families have been reported in shrimp. Among these viruses, nine viruses have been found to be serious pathogens responsible for severe economic loss.

White Spot Syndrome Virus or WSSV is the most threatening viral pathogen in shrimp culture worldwide. Within a short period, the WSSV has spread to all major shrimp growing countries and is responsible for huge economic loss amounting to more than seven billion US dollars. WSSV is highly pathogenic to cultured penaeid shrimp and causing 100% mortality within 3-10 days. It has wide range of host that includes crabs, copepods and other arthropods.

Detection methods used for WSSV include polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridization, TEM, indirect immunoflurescence and bioassay. He has developed a PCR kit for WSSV detection known as Dr. Sahul’s PCR Kit for WSSV. He also talked about methods to control the spread of WSSV.

Dr. A.S. Sahul Hameed is a World Animal Health Organization (OIE) expert from the Aquaculture Division, Department of Zoology, at C. Abdul Hakeem College, Tamil Nadu, India. On 27th October 2009 he delivered a public lecture entitled “White Spot Syndrome Virus of Shrimp: Diagnostics and Control Measures” at Sultanah Nur Zahirah Auditorium Library, UMT. 

According to Dr. Sahul Hameed, one of the major constraints in aquaculture systems all over the world is diseases. More than twenty viruses belonging to different families have been reported in shrimp. Among these viruses, nine viruses have been found to be serious pathogens responsible for severe economic loss.

White Spot Syndrome Virus or WSSV is the most threatening viral pathogen in shrimp culture worldwide. Within a short period, the WSSV has spread to all major shrimp growing countries and is responsible for huge economic loss amounting to more than seven billion US dollars. WSSV is highly pathogenic to cultured penaeid shrimp and causing 100% mortality within 3-10 days. It has wide range of host that includes crabs, copepods and other arthropods.

Detection methods used for WSSV include polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridization, TEM, indirect immunoflurescence and bioassay. He has developed a PCR kit for WSSV detection known as Dr. Sahul’s PCR Kit for WSSV. He also talked about methods to control the spread of WSSV.


 

Catfish Breeding Technique Workshop

13 mei 09

 As a center of aquaculture research and development, AKUATROP is playing its role actively by organizing a various workshops, in order to transfer the knowledge and experience to the people, especially to the aquaculturist.

For the first time since its establishment, AKUATROP has organized a workshop on catfish breeding technique entitled ‘Catfish Breeding Technique Workshop’ on 13th – 14th  May 2009. The objectives of this workshop were to familiarize people with the potential of catfish in aquaculture   and the aspect of breeding tehcniques, broodstock management, larval management, feeding management, disease and control, water quality, marketing and potential of catfish in this industry. In the same time, this workshop was to introduce AKUATROP itself as an aquaculture research center. This workshop has attracted many people to participate in this workshop, but due to the limitation of space and facility at AKUATROP, only 50 participants were chosen. Most of the participants were local residents but there were also participants from Johore and Perak.

There were also representative from Department of Fisheries, AGROBANK, MARDI and a succesfull aquaculturist to share their knowledge and experience during  the workshop. Overall, this workshop had fullfilled its objectives. AKUATROP also received many responses from the participants to continue the workshop in the future.


Workshop: The Art of Writing Patent by Dr. Anil Chatterji

14 Jan 09

On the 14th January 2009, Institute of Tropical Aquaculture had organized a workshop “The Art of Writing Patent” at the Application Lab, UMT. The one day workshop objectives are to expose the UMT researchers and lecturer to the procedure to get the patent for their research products. These include the introduction to search engine to find the information about the patents and the application from the applicant for their products. Besides that, the invited speakers talked about the writing process and procedure to apply for patent. According to him, many of researcher products cannot be commercialized because they do not know how they can patent for their product and this adverse to them. This workshop played a role as an exchange medium for researchers to share their opinion and determine the criteria of good product in order to patent and commercialize it.

Dr. Anil Kumar Chatterji was the invited speaker for the workshop. He is the fellow researcher for AKUATROP and a senior researcher at Goa Oceanography Institute, India. He is an expert from various fields of researches such as in fish biology, marine science, aquaculture, marine biology and research about drugs. He has 30 years experience in research and has published 77 scientific researches in local and international journal. He also has published 16 articles, 25 technical reports, a book and have 42 patents and four from them have been commercialized. He also has been invited as a research fellow in United States of America, United Kingdom, Portugal, France and Russia. He also helped the Russia and France scientist to write the paper work for getting patent for their products.


Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. Glenn Bristow, “Experimental Design for Scientists: Self Defense, Planning and Execution”

8 Jan 09Institute of Tropical Aquaculture had organized a public lecture on 8th January 2009 at the Auditorium of Sultanah Nur Zahirah Library. The public lecture entitled Experimental Design for Scientist: Self Defense, Planning and Execution talk was conducted by Prof. Dr. Alan Glenn Bristow from University of Bergen, Norway University Belgium. He had been assigned for AKUATROP’s Visiting Fellow for three month. The program attracted many participants especially UMT lecturers, post-graduates and undergraduates students.

The objectives of this lecture are to discuss about the importance of data analysis in research, to introduce the concept of Null Hypothesis, how to plan and decide the experimental designs for research. The speaker also talked about method for data analysis and problems in data analysis. He emphasized that, experimental design and methodology are depending on the methods to analyze the research data because when the data are not synchronized with the methods for analyzing, all the data cannot be used and only wasting time and effort of the researchers. He also stressed that the concept and how to set up the experimental methodology for data collecting. According to him, researcher must understand the concept of Null Hypothesis and the type of data collected from the experiment either biological data or physical data. All data can be analyzed as parametric and non-parametric analysis. There are two common data which can be analyzed by parametric methods such as t-test and ANOVA. The public lecture had achieved it goals to introduce the audience on how to plan and set-up their experimental design synchronized with the methods to analyze the data.

Institute of Tropical Aquaculture had organized a public lecture on 8th January 2009 at the Auditorium of Sultanah Nur Zahirah Library. The public lecture entitled Experimental Design for Scientist: Self Defense, Planning and Execution talk was conducted by Prof. Dr. Alan Glenn Bristow from University of Bergen, Norway University Belgium. He had been assigned for AKUATROP’s Visiting Fellow for three month. The program attracted many participants especially UMT lecturers, post-graduates and undergraduates students.

The objectives of this lecture are to discuss about the importance of data analysis in research, to introduce the concept of Null Hypothesis, how to plan and decide the experimental designs for research. The speaker also talked about method for data analysis and problems in data analysis. He emphasized that, experimental design and methodology are depending on the methods to analyze the research data because when the data are not synchronized with the methods for analyzing, all the data cannot be used and only wasting time and effort of the researchers. He also stressed that the concept and how to set up the experimental methodology for data collecting. According to him, researcher must understand the concept of Null Hypothesis and the type of data collected from the experiment either biological data or physical data. All data can be analyzed as parametric and non-parametric analysis. There are two common data which can be analyzed by parametric methods such as t-test and ANOVA. The public lecture had achieved it goals to introduce the audience on how to plan and set-up their experimental design synchronized with the methods to analyze the data.