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Folasade Esther Elesho is a Nigerian lecturer at the department of fisheries and aquaculture, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria. She is currently running her PhD program at the department of Animal Science (Aquaculture & Fisheries group) in Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Her passion for Fisheries & Aquaculture necessitated her choice of Environmental Biology & Fisheries as a course of study during her undergraduate program. She later proceeded to study Environmental Control & Management at masters level, with a research that focused on the impact of cassava effluent on the physico-chemical properties of a River water. The study was borne out of an overall goal to enhance sustainable Aquaculture & Fisheries geared towards overall reduced environmental pollution.
Her background in educational and professional career made her to be aware of the inter-connection of aquaculture and environmental management. Therefore, she pursued a PhD in the field of fish nutrition. As a PhD student, her research is focused on the use of nutrient synchronization as tool to improve optimum utilization efficiency of amino acids in African catfish (in collaboration with Skretting ARC).
Having grown up in a riverine environment, Fisheries has been a practice since childhood. Her desire to undertake a PhD programme was borne out of the need to advance her academic competence in the field of Fisheries & Aquaculture. This will enhance her capacity and position her for a career in research, industries, teaching and community service, and to making further contribution to knowledge in this field of study.
Her multidisciplinary interest cut across areas like fish nutrition, fisheries ecology, aquaculture, and environmental control & management with the view of
1) Improving production efficiency in the aquaculture sector, considering the need to help meet global demand for cheap sources of protein.
2) Providing solutions that can reduce the environmental footprint of the aquaculture sector.
PhD research aim:
Obtaining maximum use from feed supplied is of utmost importance to fish culturist and the environment. To achieve this, optimizing the use of AA in diets can minimize feed wastage thereby maximizing profit. The concept of balancing dietary inputs with the nutrient requirement can be used to harmonize the different sources of AA supplied in such a way that will favour optimal utilization. In our project, two factors that give a clear view on the above stated concept will be studied; (1) how varying feeding frequency affect optimal utilization of amino acids, (2) how nutrient input-timing influence protein retention.
My direct supervisor is dr. ir. Johan Schrama