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PD/A CRSP Contributes to ISTA 5 Success

The CRSP made quite a splash at ISTA 5, with CRSP participants assembling from all over the world. The PD/A CRSP was one of the conference cosponsors, with Director Hillary Egna one of the speakers

Kevin Fitzsimmons and Jomar Carvalho Filho, organizers of ISTA 5, look on as CRSP Director Hillary Egna delivers remarks at the opening Plenary Session..
opening the conference. In a short talk during the plenary session, Egna gave an overview of the PD/A CRSPs ongoing research priorities in tilapia aquaculture. Egna, along with other introductory speakers, spoke to an audience of over 500 researchers and tilapia enthusiasts. She also chaired one of the regional sessions.

The CRSP also sponsored three scholars with current and past PD/A CRSP ties to travel to Brazil and present papers at the meeting. One of the scholars was Remedios Bolivar, of the Freshwater Aquaculture Center, Central Luzon State University, Philippines. She presented two papers: "Response to selection for body weight of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in different culture environments" and "Timing of the onset of supplemental feeding of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in ponds." These were presented during the Genetics and Reproduction and Pond Management sessions. Bolivar is the CRSP Philippines Project Host Country Principal Investigator.

Yang Yi, of the Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management branch of the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, presented "Analyses of various inputs for pond culture of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus): Profitability and potential environmental impacts" during the Pond Management session. Yi is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the CRSPs Thailand Project.

Daniel Jamu, of the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), Zomba, Malawi, presented "A pilot study on the spatial and temporal moisture distribution in integrated crop-fish-wetland and crop-wetland agrosystem in Zomba-East, Malawi" during the Africa session. Jamu, whose presence at the meeting was sponsored by the CRSP, also represented ICLARM during the plenary session. Jamu’s 1998 Ph.D. dissertation on nitrogen dynamics in integrated aquaculture/agriculture systems from the University of California, Davis, was funded by the CRSP.

In addition to providing support for host country scholars to participate in ISTA 5, the CRSP helped sponsor production of the conference proceedings (see related article). The CRSP has been active with previous ISTA conferences and cosponsored ISTA IV, held in Orlando, Florida, in November 1997. ISTA 5 continued a history of networking between CRSP and other researchers, and more importantly, enabled the CRSP to showcase the diversity and impact of its research

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