AU researchers visit CLSU for academic interchange update
Two researchers from Auburn University, USA conducted a lecture series and 2nd year experiment orientation in the Freshwater Aquaculture Center- College Fisheries last February 8-25 in line with the international academic interchange agreement between CLSU and AU.
Dr. Rex Dunham, an AU professor who was one of the signatories of the agreement between the two universities last year, was joined by Mr. Dave Perera, a graduate research associate from the same university.
The fish genetics lectures were given by Dr.Dunham while Mr. Perera lectured on larval rearing of different live food organisms namely Artemia, algae and rotifer.
Fourteen researchers and students attended the fish genetics lecture while 12 researchers and students attended the larval rearing lecture. The lecture series was credited as a 3-unit subject and 2 graduate students availed of this.
The experiment orientation was conducted simultaneously with the lecture series as CF-FAC continues to be the site for the xenogenesis experiment. The xenogenesis experiment is a component of the agreement CLSU and AU which is now on its second year. A team has been established in order for activities in the xenogenesis experiment to be implemented. The team is composed of Dr. Tereso A. Abella, Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz, Ms. Annabelle A. Tadeo, Ms. Jennifer A. Martinez and Ms. Julieta D. Holasca from FAC-CLSU; Dr. Melchor Tayamen, Ms. Jodecel Danting, Ms. Milagros Apaga and Ms. Faith Santiago from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Science City of Muñoz the College of Veterinary Science and Medicine; and Dr. Edwin Atabay from the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) – Science City of Munoz.
The xenogenesis experiment involves manipulating the genetic make-up of fish from diploid to triploid in order to increase its survival. On the first phase of the xenogenesis experiment last year, sterile sperm from several catfish species were injected to common carp to manipulate the genes of the fish. This year the xenogenesis experiment was applied to Red tilapia and Nile Tilapia.
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