Professorial Lecture Webinar Series #4 – The R&D Pathway to Growing Aquaculture in the Tropics
Food security is a global priority, with increases in food production of >70% required over that currently produced to feed the predicted 9 billion people in 2050. One of the major sectors that will play a role in supplying humanity’s future protein and calorific needs is that of aquaculture, or the farming of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture as an industry has grown rapidly from humble beginnings 50 years ago, to now supply ~50% of the world’s seafood product and involve the farming of 620+ different aquatic organisms. Compared to livestock and crop production, the aquaculture industry itself though is still embryonic and dramatic improvements in production through the application of advanced genetics, better health management, targeted nutrition and use of digital and artificial intelligence applications can be achieved if researchers and industry work together to further transform the way aquaculture is conducted.
This webinar will introduce the future of aquaculture, its beginnings and where now R&D focus is going and some of the interesting outcomes seen. Importantly, it advocates for a role where industry, government and researchers work together to further exploit the potential growth of aquaculture so it can continue to feed the world with a highly nutritious and sustainably produced seafood product.
As we celebrate our University’s 50th anniversary in 2020, our Professorial Lecture Series showcases research excellence across a number of disciplines. Our Professors collectively represent a body of expertise that translates research of directly practical importance to our place in the tropics.
|Professor Dean Jerry|
Professor of Aquaculture
Director of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding
Director of the Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University (Singapore)
Photos and recording will be taken during the event for news and various publicity purposes