UAPB aquaculture/fisheries graduate student wins at annual research forum

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Yathish Ramena Photo 4-2015A graduate student of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences recently took top honors at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) 28th Annual Student and Faculty Research Forum.

Yathish Ramena, a doctoral candidate of aquaculture/fisheries from Eluru, India, won the Dr. William M. Willingham Award presented to the overall winner for the best graduate presentation. He was awarded the first-place prize of $100 and a commemorative plaque for his paper, entitled “Crude Protein and Amino Acids Digestibility of Standard and New Varieties of Non-Genetically Modified Soybeans in Sunshine Bass.”

His research concerned the affect of soybean-based diets on the growth, survival, body composition, gastrointestinal tract, histology and non-specific immune responses of sunshine bass. He recently presented his research at the 2015 Aquaculture America convention in New Orleans.

“We are very proud of Yathish and his outstanding research, which demonstrates the potential for using novel soy ingredients in cultured bass diets,” Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, Aquaculture/Fisheries Center fish nutritionist and Ramena’s advisor, said. “This project involves scientists at UAPB, the Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Center and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The new varieties of soybeans tested were produced by conventional breeding in Fayetteville, and the project was funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.”

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