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Researchers in Scotland are encouraging farmers to grow Tilapia in unused barns as a way of boosting their income.
A 2-day old Zebra
Danio. Scientists have discovered a gene that can cause insomnia in Zebra Danios.
Researchers are encouraging farmers to grow fish in unused barns as a way of boosting their
income. A three-year study at the University of Stirling found rearing tilapia could be a cheap and profitable way for
farmers to diversify. The project, developed by the university's aqua institute, uses a new type of water system for the
small scale production of the tropical fish. Unlike salmon, which can take 18 months to reach market, tilapia only take
The new water system is specifically designed for tilapia, which can thrive on a herbivorous or carnivorous diet. Click
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will start to vigorously promote the
Pangasius, a freshwater species of catfish, dubbed as the "next big thing" in the local aquaculture industry. According
to Dr. Remedios Ongtangco, Central Luzon director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, this high-value fish
commodity is seen as "the emerging darling of freshwater aquaculture." Vitarich Corp. chair and president Rogelio
Sarmiento said in a statement that the "entry of the Pangasius to our line of aqua products for export will strengthen
our foothold in the global aquaculture market." "Pangasius is expected to open new business opportunities in both local
and export markets, similar to that of the bangus and tilapia," Sarmiento added. BFAR said the Pangasius belongs to the
family Pangasiidae with more than 20 different species. It is also called the shark catfish, because of its sharp dorsal
fins, silver striped catfish, Siamese shark, sutchi catfish or swai catfish, is endemic on the Vietnam side of the
Mekong River. Click
Fish might not have eyelids, but they do sleep, and some suffer from insomnia, scientists
reported on Monday. California scientists studying sleep disorders in humans found that some Zebra fish, a common
aquarium pet, have a mutant gene that disrupts their sleep patterns in a way similar to insomnia in humans. Zebra fish
with the mutant gene slept 30 percent less than fish without the mutation. When they finally drifted off they remained
asleep half as long as the normal fish, the researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine said. Click
A tide has risen within the laboratory animal research industry, one which has seen
consistent, if not exceptional, growth over the past decade. Aquatic animals have proven to be unique and powerful
research models due to their biology, genetics, breeding and reproductive cycles, among other things. Research areas
include developmental biology, toxicology, and human disease research to name just a few. The use of aquatic animal
models is no longer an endeavor engaged only by a few enterprising individuals but is becoming an established research
field endorsed by many leaders in government, academia, and industry. With the noteworthy success of several species
used in biomedical research applications, the time is right to encourage those currently supporting the field and to
make accessible the exploration for others. As a resource for laboratory research, the applications and opportunities
are becoming more and more evident to a larger population of interested parties. Click
A study by an Indiana University environmental science professor and several colleagues
suggests a widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems.
Researchers, including Todd V. Royer, an assistant professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs,
established that pollen and other plant parts containing toxins from genetically engineered Bt corn are washing into
streams near cornfields. They also conducted laboratory trials that found consumption of Bt corn byproducts produced
increased mortality and reduced growth in caddisflies, aquatic insects that are related to the pests targeted by the
toxin in Bt corn. Click here
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