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Graduate Student Fred Gonzales Starts His Thesis Research
Fred is researching the effects of UltraViolet light (UV) disinfectant
on aquaponics in reducing food-borne pathogens. Fred was in the
Fish Disease Lab performing a MPN test, (the most probable
number method, otherwise known as the method of Poisson
zeroes, is a method of getting quantitative data on concentrations of
discrete items from positive/negative (incidence) data), in which
dilutions of water samples from the six different aquaponic units are
mixed with a double strength lactose broth. From there he cultured
out any of the MPN tubes that exhibit bacterial growth (bubbles in
the tiny durham tubes). Those cultures are then API tested for
identification of the bacterial culture.
Former KSU Graduate, Miles Lange, Working as an Immunologist for Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center
KSU Graduate, Miles D. Lange is now employed at the Harry K. Dupree Stuttgard National Aquaculture Research Center located in Stuttgard, Arkansas. Dr. Lange was a graduate student mentored by Dr. Bob Durborow. Read more about Dr. Lange by clicking the link below.
Two KSU Aquaculture Graduate Students Appointed to National Task Force
The National Organic Program recently appointed 16 members to a new Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force. Two of those members are graduate students in KSU's Division of Aquaculture.
Ms. Angela Caporelli is currently the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Aquaculture Marketing Specialist. Mr. Charlie Shultz has recently left his position as a Research Specialist at Lethbridge College and relocated to Texas as a partner in a commercial Aquaponics operation. Both are writing their theses to complete the M.S. in Aquaculture at KSU. Both are Certified Organic Inspectors.
The Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force task will prepare a report for the Organic Standards Board (NOSB) about the current state of technologies and practices for hydroponics and Aquaponics, as well as how those practices do or do not align with USDA organic regulations. The NOSB will utilize the report to determine the best path forward regarding recommendations on hydroponics and Aquaponics production systems. To see the rest of the members of the Organic Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force, please follow the link below.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Center for Mollusk Conservation are Holding Endangered Mussels at KSU's Aquaculture Research Center
KDFWR's Center for Mollusk Conservation is partnering with Kentucky State University's Division of Aquaculture to hold approximately 14,200 translocated endangered mussels (9,600 clubshell and 4,600 northern riffleshell) from Pennsylvania as part of a large restoration project in the Licking River. The mussels will be held at KSU's Aquaculture Research Center for the required 30 day quarantine period before being released in the Licking River. KSU has the proper sized tanks for this type of operation, and several Kentucky Department of Fish ans Wildlife employees are former KSU graduates and are familiar with the operations and protocols at the Aquaculture facility.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 1-0 and its partners will salvage, relocate, and monitor threatened and endangered mussels from the Hunter Station Bridge project area as a term and condition of the November, 2013 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hunter Station Biological Opinion. In addition, non-listed mussels will be salvaged and relocated, in part, where practical. The federally listed mussel species known from Hunter Station will be relocated to suitable habitat to re-establish or augment existing populations throughout their historical ranges, including streams within Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinios, and New York. The effort willl begin in 2015 and is expected to continue over two to three years, with monitoring of relocated populations continuing for a minimum of three events over seven years, post-relocation. Mussels were moved on September 10 with assistance from the USFWS's Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. The mussels were received on September 10th at KSU and will be moved out in October.
This article was supplied by Dr. Monte McGregor, Aquatic Scientist/Malacologist, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Center for Mollusk Conservation