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AQUACULTURE INNOVATION CENTRE

Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) is the first ever Centre of Innovation (COI) funded by Enterprise Singapore that adopts an inclusive and collaborative approach involving a consortium of 9 research institutes, agencies, universities and polytechnics.

AIC operates through co-operating and co-sharing of expertise, facilities, intellectual properties and resources amongst the AIC consortium members to work towards serving the needs of the local aquaculture enterprises for improving farm productivity.


VISION

To be a regional player for its innovation and technology in applied research and IP translation, quality consultancy services, training programmes and licensing of products and technologies with the objective of growing aquaculture enterprises locally and regionally.


MISSION

  • Provide innovative solutions, products and/or technologies through multidisciplinary expertise and co-sharing of resources from research institutes, academic institutions and agencies.
  • Develop innovative solutions in new growth areas including sustainable urban and smart aquaculture with a focus on areas in (a) nutrition, feeds & feeding (b) husbandry, breeding & seed production, and (c) health & disease management.
  • Raise industry standards through technology and product development, testing and certification, quality standards development, and manpower training in aquaculture standards and technology adoption.
  • Promote open sharing of knowledge and industry engagement through networking platforms such as conference, workshop, seminar, training and joint R&D collaboration.
  • Establish local and regional strategic partnerships to leverage on resources, for the purpose of providing innovative, high value services to the aquaculture industry.

OBJECTIVES

AIC strives to support and develop the SMEs in the aquaculture industry with the aim of enhancing farming productivity through the following:

  • Facilitate new growth areas by regularly scanning the environment; identifying and developing emerging technologies or other areas of growth that are important for capability building to support sustainable development and growth of the aquaculture industry.
  • Drive farm productivity and product quality by providing product evaluation or testing services, applied research and innovative technology development including precision technologies that could help drive sustainable and intensive aquaculture.
  • Support safety, environmental sustainability and manpower productivity by educating and training manpower in aquaculture standards and best practices for better farm operation, biosecurity, environmental sustainability and workplace safety.
  • Raise resource efficiency and sustainability for applied research and services through cooperation, co-sharing of existing resources, space and pooled expertise from institutes of higher learning, agencies and research institutes.

TRAINING

To register: https://tinyurl.com/bacterial-diseases-aquaculture

Dr Mark Liles
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University

In the United States we have experienced massive losses of aquaculture farmed catfish now totaling over 30 million pounds of market-ready fish just in the state of Alabama due to epidemic outbreaks of Motile Aeromonas Septicemia due to hypervirulent Aeromonas hydrophila (vAh). Our comparative genomic and other analyses of these vAh strains revealed that these strains were highly clonal. Comparing these vAh strains to other strains based on gyrB or other molecular methods suggests that the first reported cases of vAh were isolated from carp in China in 1991 and exported live carp species have been proposed as one vector for transmission. Research conducted by scientists in China also supports the unique genotype and virulence of these vAh isolates.

My research group has been working for many years on the use of probiotic Bacillus species for use in preventing disease in fish. In our initial study we evaluated a large collection of bacterial isolates from plant rhizospheres or fish intestines to identify those that were able to inhibit the growth of Aeromonas hydrophila, Edwardsiella ictaluri and/or other fish pathogens. Our best-performing probiotic strain Bacillus velezensis AP193 has also been observed to be effective at reducing mortality in tilapia due to virulent A. hydrophila or Streptococcus iniae. We have also conducted a replicated pond study with control feed vs. AP193-fed fish (published in Aquaculture) showing probiotic-mediated enhanced catfish growth and reduced N and P in pond water. In another way of controlling disease due to hypervirulent A. hydrophila, we have developed an attenuated A. hydrophila vaccine (now patented and licensed) that we can apply onto feed in order to vaccinate catfish and protect them from this pathogen. We are interested in how widely this vaccine can protect fish against diverse A. hydrophila isolates.

I am on sabbatical for Spring 2020 conducting a survey of virulent A. hydrophila isolates in SE Asia countries to understand 1) how widely this pathogen has spread, 2) to learn more about its ability to infect diverse fish species, 3) to study its evolution and emergence as a pathogen and 4) to see if our control measures can be effective against vAh strains isolated from other countries.

Dive into environmentally sustainable aquaculture initiatives, and find out about feeds and feeding for better productivity gain at Aquaculture Innovation Centre’s (AIC) latest workshop this December.

Helmed by Dr Fanny Yasumaru, a research scientist with 17 years of experience in aquaculture, the workshop will also cover the fundamentals of fish nutrition, feed ingredients and additives, feed making and quality testing on farm-made and pellet feeds. Other highlights include a live demonstration on pellet feed-making using common ingredients. Places are filling up fast, so do get yourself registered here today.

 

Programme Title

Finfish Feeds and Feed Making

Date

12/12/2019 (Thursday)

Time

9.00 am – 3.00 pm
Registration starts at 8.30 am

Venue

Cu2+ (Block 30, Level 2. Access through Bistro Lab Level 1)
Temasek Animal Facility (Block 8, Level 2)

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Fee

$160.50 (inclusive of GST)
Lunch and tea refreshments will be provided

Synopsis

  • The workshop covers fundamentals of fish nutrition, feed ingredients and additives, feed making and feed quality testing on farm made feeds and pellet feeds.
  • The objective of the workshop is to promote environmentally sustainable aquaculture with reference to feeds and feeding for better productivity gain.
  • Participants would be able to see a demonstration on pellet feed-making using common feed ingredients.

Time

Programme

Venue

8.30 – 9.00 am

Registration

Cu2+
Block 30, Level 2. Access through Bistro Lab at
Level 1

9.00 – 9.45 am

Fundamentals of Finfish Nutrition

9.45 – 10.30 am

Feed Ingredients and Additives

10.30 – 11.00 am

Tea

11.00 – 11.45 am

Farm made Pellet feeds, and Feed Quality

11.45 am – 12.00 pm

Introduction to Aquaculture Feed Standard

12.00 – 1.00 pm

Lunch

1.00 – 2.30 pm

Feed-making Demo

Temasek Animal Facility (TAF)
Block 8, Level 2

2.30 – 3.00 pm

Debrief and Survey

About the Trainer
Dr Fanny Yasumaru obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Aquaculture Engineering in 2005 followed by Masters of Science degree in Aquaculture in 2007 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She later pursued her PhD in Biological Oceanography at University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2009 before completing her post-doctoral research at the university from 2014-2017.

With 17 years’ experience in aquaculture and research, Dr Yasumaru joined the AIC as a Research Scientist in May 2019. She is highly experienced in aquaculture nutrition with a focus in industry applications for both marine and freshwater finfish and crustacean species. Some of her work include in vitro protein digestion for quality measurement in feedstuff and finished feeds; in vivo digestibility and growth trials; proximate analysis of ingredients and finished feeds, as well as feed formulation, making and quality testing.

Consortium Members


 

Finfish Feed & Feed Making, on 12 December 2019 was met with resounding success as 21 participants from Singapore Food Agency, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Apollo Aquarium Pte Ltd, James Cook University Singapore, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, Aquaworld, Tropical Mariculture, 2Jays Pte Ltd, Strength Fish Farm & Trading Pte Ltd, Haixian Impex Pte Ltd, Wilmar International Ltd, Lam Tak Pte Ltd and TP spent a day learning about feed-making and in the afternoon experienced a demo session at the feed-making facility. 

 


 

Advanced Aquaculture Workshop

The Advanced Aquaculture Workshop was held on 29 August 2019, a month after the centre was incepted. The full-day workshop was conducted by Dr Farshad Shishehchian, President & CEO of Blue Aqua. 48 participants from different agencies and farms attended the useful and engaging session.

 

AIC ACTIVITIES

AIC Indonesia Study Tour and Field Training

A team of 12 participants from AIC, SFA, a private company and Blue Aqua headed to Lampung, Indonesia from 3 to 5 November 2019. The team learnt all about shrimp farming, the nutrition, water quality and big challenges faced.

The team of AIC comprised the Research Executives and AIC Admin team. The pictures speak volumes of the knowledge and skills acquired.

Sabah Minister Visits AIC

Sabah Minister for Agriculture and Food Industry and his team visited AIC on 20 January 2020.  They were impressed with the work done by the centre despite its infancy stage of setup. The discussion was extended and detailed followed by a tour of the facilities. This visit has prompted ESG and AIC to pin down the areas of collaboration between Sabah and AIC.

Learning Journey- Enterprise Academy

A team of 23 young and enthusiastic officers from Enterprise Academy visited AIC as part of a learning journey. The young and energetic officers were exuberant in their queries during the presentation by Dr Lee Chee Wee, Centre Director/AIC.

German CEOs Visit AIC

 

Learning Journey for Bangladeshi Delegates

Learning Journey – Ministry of Health (MOH)

On 7 November 2019, a team of 40 staff members from different branches of MOH for this learning journey. All of them came eagerly wanting to learn about what AIC was doing especially with regards to technology. They asked, laughed and learned on a bright afternoon. They were especially thrilled by Dr Lee’s anecdotes.

STRATEGIC FOCAL AREAS OF AQUACULTURE

GOAL

Sustainable intensive aquaculture production with innovation and technology

 

AIMS

Grow More with Less”: For a sustainable and higher farm productivity

Zero Waste Management”: For greater environmental sustainability

 

Developing technologies that would lead to LESS:

  • Water usage – water technology that could support intensive cultivation for urban farms
  • Land usage – vertical growing on smaller footprint; containment culture systems with controlled environment
  • Manpower reliance – smart or precision technology: IoT, sensor and automation; self-cleaning technology for tanks and net cages
  • Environmental pollution – animal waste treatment or by-product recycling; digestible
  • Production cost – cost-effective and efficient. Examples:

✔ Healthier produce through development of vaccine and sensitive fieldable tests

✔ Faster growing through improving feeds and feeding management, as well as research in developing quality broodstock and hatchery

✔ Training manpower for better farm productivity, food produce traceability, farm operation and biosecurity  

AIC CONSORTIUM MEMBERS

 

Temasek Polytechnic (TP) hosts a 1200m2 aqua-centric research and services facilities housed within the Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science (CAVS) and Temasek Aquaculture Facility (TAF) in the School of Applied Science. Examples of facilities within TP that are available for services, research and training include the Aquaculture Research Facility, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, Feed Making and Feed Analysis Laboratories as well as water and waste treatment, membrane technology, biological and chemical testing laboratories.  

CAVS was appointed as the Technology Resource Centre for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation for Policy Partnership on Food Sustainability (APEC PPFS) particularly in the sustainable development of agricultural and fishery sectors in November 2017.

TP has a team of nutritionists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, immunologists, veterinarians, and specialists. They are experts in water and membrane technologies, with capabilities in providing specialised services, including vaccine development and efficacy trials, evaluation of feed or product efficacy in growth performance, breeding, and hatchery and larviculture as well as testing services involving molecular biology, cell culture, serology, histoprocessing , microbiology, haematology and clinical chemistry.  

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has strengths in the life and physical sciences, as well as in engineering. Relevant to aquaculture, A*STAR has deep expertise in genomic technologies, image analytics, antimicrobial surface coatings, customised sensor technologies and networks, factory and process automation, artificial intelligence and modelling. These capabilities have applications for health and disease management of aquaculture species and improving energy efficiencies of aquaculture farms and related processes.

James Cook University (JCU) Singapore is recognised internationally as a leader in aquaculture research and training, with research expertise that specialises in the sustainable production of tropical aquaculture species, including finfish, marine shrimp, abalone, and ornamentals. The staff at the JCU Singapore campus are world-class experts in aquaculture selective breeding, nutrition and feed development, hatchery production and aquatic animal health. With a strong focus on industry-relevant outcomes JCU is ready to partner to conduct high-quality scientific R&D with commercial industry, government institutions, universities, polytechnics and other stakeholders. 

Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) host the Centre for Aquaculture Diagnostics and Vaccines (CADV) within the School of Chemical & Life Sciences. In this centre, isolation and identifications of microbial pathogens from diseased aquatic animals can be conducted. The centre has the capability to do microscopy, molecular biology, protein technology, and microbial fermentation for the purpose of making prototype vaccines. CADV also holds a licence to Possess Veterinary Biologics (For Research & Development Purpose) obtained from the Animal & Veterinary Service, NParks. The centre undertakes projects such as development of autogenous fish vaccine, development of technologies for mangrove crab grow-out, fattening, and meat quality assessment

 

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) hosts two national research centres of excellence – the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) – that are tackling important questions in environmental sustainability and public health. The university also offers a Food Science and Technology programme to train students with adequate skills needed for the demands of national food security and associated new food industry, by developing modern technology for urban farming (agriculture and aquaculture) and increasing environmental sustainability.

 

National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Department of Biological Sciences is a research-intensive department with a focus on developing multi- and inter-disciplinary research platforms using various organism models, from plants to animals, that thread across different scales, i.e., from atomic, molecular, cellular, tissue, systems to organismal levels. It hosts both freshwater and marine aquarium facilities, used for the study of hatchery technology, feed development, spawning and rearing of marine fish. For larger running seawater aquariums, NUS has access to the facilities of the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) on St John’s island, thus extending the possibilities at NUS for multidisciplinary marine research.

 

Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) hosts a Centre for Aquatic Science and Technology within their School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, established to help improve farm productivity and explore new initiatives in sustainable aquaculture through research and consultancy projects, in areas such as feed development and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). NP has expertise in molecular DNA and protein analysis, water purification technology, microbiology, and feed formulation for aquaculture.

 

Republic Polytechnic (RP) hosts a 180-square-metre Aquaculture Centre within their School of Applied Science, featuring both an indoor and outdoor laboratory, which supports research in marine science and aquaculture technologies. A joint-laboratory agreement was signed with James Cook University (JCU), which saw part of the aquaculture facility retrofitted with equipment for marine conservation and exploration cum surveillance work. The centre undertakes projects which include fish feed formulation, horseshoe crab and coral conservation, water quality management, anti-fouling and mathematical modelling approaches to optimise aquaculture.

 

 

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) oversees food safety and food security from farm-to-fork, ensuring and securing a supply of safe food for Singapore. SFA’s Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC), located on St John's Island, aims to deepen Singapore’s expertise in the areas of aquaculture genetics, nutrition and health. Since its set-up, MAC has focused on selective breeding of Asian seabass and undertakes R&D in large-scale hatchery production technology to ensure the long-term sustainable supply of marine fish fry. To enable researchers in Singapore to conduct aquaculture R&D and to facilitate the translation, MAC will contribute its expertise in the areas of fish husbandry and make available shared facilities such as replicated tank systems for research and incubator space for test-bedding and commercialisation of R&D results.

 

OUR SERVICES

  • Feed development & performance
  • Feed quality testing
  • Live feed enrichment & production
  • Fish meal replacement with alternative food source 
  • Evaluation of feed or product efficacy
  • Breeding, hatchery & larviculture
  • Selective breeding & seedstock development
  • Diagnostic lab test method development
  • Vaccine development
  • Pathogen challenge studies
  • Water technology & waste treatment strategies
  • Material development for Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)
  • Smart urban aquaculture technology development
  • Customised training, certification programme, seminar & workshop

OUR FACILITIES

Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC)

The Aqualab in Ngee Ann Polytechnic

NEWS AND EVENTS

Launch of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre

 

AquaSG’19

This is the first event co-organised by AIC since its inception in July 2019. AquaSG’19 Conference was officially opened by Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, Singapore Food Agency. Besides the keynote speech, and thematic speakers, there was also the Yield Lab Aquaculture Innovation Pitch which was received very well by the audience as 5 teams competed against each other. The 3rd day ended with farm visits including the visit of AIC facility.

 

A*ccelerate Now 2019

 

Media Coverage


New Aquaculture Innovation Centre Seeks to Work with Other Players on Joint Research



https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/new-aquaculture-innovation-centre-seeks-to-work-with-other-players-on-joint-research

ST Online (26 June) reported on the launch of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre and how it was officiated by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry. The AIC is the first innovation centre to adopt a consortium model which allows it to leverage on the expertise of other educational institutions and organisations. 

 

Crab-in-a-lab Project a Sustainable and Clean Way to Restock Dwindling Numbers in the Wild


Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/crab-in-a-lab-project-a-sustainable-and-clean-way-to-restock-dwindling-numbers-in-the-wild

ST featured our R&D initiatives which have seen our scientists successfully produce 300 crabs within 15 months. The outcome is a significant increase from the three or four mud crabs the project had initially started with five years ago.

 

Crabs Reared Sustainably to Help Boost Singapore's Food Security

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

The Straits Times and TNP featured the launch of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre, that was officiated by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry. The articles spoke about how the centre will focus on optimising nutrition for food fish during its first three years of operations and other ongoing projects that the centre is involved in.

 

Aquaculture Innovation Centre To Promote Innovation And Training



Source: Lianhe Wanbao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

Wanbao, Zaobao and Tamil Murasu also shed light on the centre’s consortium model and how it would collaborate with other organisations such as A*STAR, Singapore Food Agency, NP, RP, NYP, NUS and NTU.

 

New Innovation Centre at Temasek Polytechnic to Drive R&D in Aquaculture

Centre Director Dr Lee Chee Wee and Dr Saravanan Padmanabhan, Assistant Director of Technology Development at the School of Applied Science were featured in television interviews by Channel NewsAsia, Channel 8 and Vasantham.

CONTACT US

AIC Management:

Dr Lee Chee Wee – leecw@tp.edu.sg (6780 6400)
Centre Director

Dr Diana Chan Pek Sian – peksian@tp.edu.sg (6780 5338)
Deputy Centre Director

Ms Susila Krishnasamy – krishnas@tp.edu.sg (6780 4002)
Marketing/Outreach

Dr Elgin Yap – elgin@tp.edu.sg (6780 4999)
Business Development


Address:

Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Blk 8A Level 1 unit 4
Temasek Polytechnic
21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757

Enquiries: 

aic@tp.edu.sg

 (65) 6780 6968