AquaIMPACT training course on Nutritional Innovations for Selected Aquaculture Fish

AquaIMPACT organises a training course and welcomes aquaculture professionals and R&D staff involved in nutrition and aquaculture breeding to Wageningen Campus in June. The training course focuses on the concepts of nutrition and genomic selection and demonstrates the effects of genomic selection improving diet utilization. Participants should be familiar with concepts of animal breeding and nutrition in aquaculture.

Participation to the course is free. All other costs related to participation such as travel, accommodation and subsistence need to be covered by the participant.

June 28-29, 2023

Wageningen Campus

Registration is closed.

Minimum/maximum number of participants:
Minimum participants : 10
Maximum participants : 35

Aim and learning goals:
The course focuses on the concepts of genomic selection and sustainable nutrition. Theory will be lectured, a practical computer exercise on fish formulation and fish microbiome will allow the participants to experiment with the effects of nutrition. During the course we will emphasize how the selected fish are more able to utilize diets based on sustainable ingredients, with a direct positive impact in the gut microbiome and health. Nutritional programming will be also explained as a tool to improve dietary utilization by selected fish. All aspects are illustrated with examples from the AquaIMPACT project that demonstrate how selected fish are more plastic to utilize emergent ingredients in a very low marine ingredients diets.

Target audience:
Participants should be familiar with concepts of nutrition and animal breeding in aquaculture. The course is aimed at professionals and R&D staff involved in aquaculture. Examples of nutrition and selective breeding during the course will be particularly relevant for the species that are targeted in the AquaIMPACT project (European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon).

Program description:
The course will consist of lectures and practical exercise. There will be ample time for the discussion of presentations and results. Part of the discussion is reserved for questions about nutrition and selective breeding in aquaculture that are be submitted by participants on the registration form.

Participants should bring a laptop with at the minimum a working copy of Microsoft Excel installed.


Provisional program (small changes are still possible):

Block 1: Wednesday morning
9:00 – 9:45 Lecture: Genotype x nutrition interaction in rainbow trout: effects on growth and feed utilisation
9:45 – 10:15 Lecture: Genomic selection for GxE interaction between feed substitution and resistance to vibriosis in sea bass
10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Lecture: Genotype x nutrition interaction in marine fish: effects on growth and feed utilisation
11:30 – 12:00 Lecture: Utilization of insect or single cell protein meals by superior marine fish.
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Block 2: Wednesday afternoon
13:00 – 14:00 Lecture: Nutritional programming in Atlantic salmon
14:00 – 15:00 Lecture: Nutrittional programming in sea bream
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:30 Practical session: formulation of diets for superior fish
16:30 – 17:00 Questions
Block 3: Thursday morning
9:00 – 9:45 Lecture: Nutrition, selectve breeding and health in marine fish
9:45 – 10:15 Lecture: Microbiome modulation in sea bream
10:15 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Functional additives in marine fish
11:30 – 12:00 Practical lesson: Understanding microbiome tools in marine fish
12:00 – 13:00 Evaluation and wrap up


Daniel Montero, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC),Spain
Jaume Pérez-Sánchez, CSIC, Spain
Silvia Torrecillas, ULPGC, Spain
Mónica Betancor, University of Stirling, UK
Marc Vandeputte, INRAe, France
Simona Rimoldi, University of Insubria, Italy
Marta Carvalho, ULPGC, Spain
Ramón Fontanillas, Skretting ARC, Norway
Fernando Naya-Català, IATS, Spain
Álvaro Belenguer, IATS, Spain