DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources - Technical University of Denmark

About DTU

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe devoted to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society. It consists of 19 departments covering a wide variety of scientific fields. Among them, the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), employing about 400 people, covers a wide range of marine and freshwater disciplines and undertakes research, provides advice, educates at University level and contributes to innovation in sustainable exploitation and management of marine and fresh water living resources.

Project team in WIN-FISH

The main people from DTU Aqua involved in the WIN-FISH project are Peter Vilhelm Skov and Manuel Gesto, Assistant Professor and Researcher, respectively, from the Section of Aquaculture of DTU Aqua.

Peter Vilhelm SkovAssistant Professor Peter V. Skov. His main research interest is the bioenergetics of fish in aquaculture: how do environmental factors influence energy use in fishes, how do fish partition their energy use (substrate), how are activity levels influenced and what are the consequences on growth and the efficiency with which feed is converted to muscle tissue. Other research areas include dietary requirements in fish, how do unbalanced diets influence utilization of energy intake, dissolved gases in aquaculture, aeration and degassing, and significance of gas saturation levels on fish production.

Manuel GestoResearcher Manuel Gesto. His main research interests are fish stress physiology and fish welfare in aquaculture. His research focuses mainly in identifying and understanding the pathways by which stressors (environmental, social or physical) are perceived, processed, and how neuroendocrine and behavioral responses are subsequently developed in the fish. He is especially interested in how aquaculture-related stressors may affect fish welfare and system productivity in cultured fish. Other related research lines include fish toxicology, mainly regarding aquatic pollutants (or other factors affecting water quality) as potential stressors.     

Role within WIN-FISH 

DTU Aqua coordinates the WIN-FISH project and Manuel Gesto is the leader of WP 5.

DTU Aqua is also responsible for classification of and validation of welfare indicators in rainbow trout (WP1, task 1.1 and WP2, task 2.1).

In addition, DTU Aqua will perform analysis of neurotransmitters (i.e. brain monaminergic activity), and will have an advisory role (WP 1, task 1.4 and 1.5).

Learn more about the work packages of the WIN-FISH project



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