More than 150 guests, including representatives from local government, academia, and the aquaculture industry attended the grand opening ceremony of the new 900m2 aquaculture research center at Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The new BIOMIN Aquaculture Center for Applied Nutrition (ACAN) signifies the continued collaborative efforts of BIOMIN in conducting innovative and impactful research, supported in partnership with the local government and university. It aims to provide effective solutions to the aquaculture industry with the focus on several key areas, namely:
- Nutrition and feed formulation
- Gut health and immune modulation
- Waste management and feed safety
Research will be centered on several of the most important species for the aquaculture industry in the region including marine and fresh water species such as catfish, tilapia, sea bass and shrimp. BIOMIN will collaborate closely with Nong Lam University in research and development activities, coordinated by the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln, Austria, and the technical staff at the facility.
The research facilities are equipped with five different cutting-edge recirculating systems and two challenge rooms. A feed formulation lab for preparation of test diets, including a lab scale feed extruder that will allow testing of different ingredients and solutions under conditions similar to those found in the aquaculture industry to conduct high-level science. The facility is a testament to the dedication of BIOMIN to the aquaculture industry.
"The wider benefit is to build the academic and research pipeline in Vietnam, by creating undergraduate research opportunities and mentorship for local students,” says Jan Vanbrabant, Managing Director, BIOMIN Asia Pacific.
In addition, SANPHAR, a veterinary products and services company, runs a state-of-the-art microbiological lab also located in Nong Lam University. SANPHAR and BIOMIN are both part of the ERBER Group.