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Bossier P.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center | Eleftheriou M.,AQUALEX Multimedia Consortium Ltd
Aquaculture International | Year: 2015

After the Bologna framework formally incorporated doctoral education in the three-cycle structure of degrees as part of its nine Action lines in the Berlin Ministers Communiqué in 2003 (Berlin 2003), the AQUA-TNET network devoted a significant part of its activities to follow the subsequent developments in order to help its members understand and meet the demands of the Bologna reforms at the doctoral level. To this end, the network carried out a series of detailed and comprehensive surveys of its members. Interestingly, the results of these independent surveys reveal close similarities with the EUA survey of Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society (2005) and the sets of guidelines known as the Salzburg Principles (EUA 2005b) and the Salzburg II Recommendations (EUA 2010). The article describes the measures taken by the AQUA-TNET network to design, develop and implement structured doctoral programmes for its members in response to the specific needs as identified by its academic and industry members from those surveys. © 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Source

Eleftheriou M.,AQUALEX Multimedia Consortium Ltd | Reuver M.,AquaTT | Bostock J.,University of Stirling | Sorgeloos P.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center | Dhont J.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center
Aquaculture International | Year: 2015

The long-running higher education network AQUA-TNET, a tightly-knit collaboration of university departments, research institutes and other stakeholders from the aquaculture industry, was established in 1996 by AQUATT, a coordinating partner in the SOCRATES-ERASMUS Thematic Network DEMETER led by ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities). Later, AQUA-TNET activities continued under an umbrella organisation, the AFANET Thematic Network. Previous work on accreditation in European aquaculture courses carried out by AQUA-TNET’s first coordinator, the UETP (University Enterprise Training Partnership) AQUATT enabled the fledging network of 15 partners to publish details of aquaculture courses in all its 15 member countries and to focus on issues soon to be raised as part of the emergent Bologna Process (1999). AQUA-TNET’s ground-breaking work in educational reforms led to its steady expansion, with the result that in 2005 it was established as a stand-alone ERASMUS Thematic Network. Its achievements from 2005 to 2011 under the coordination of Gent University (Belgium) and from 2011 to 2014 of the University of Stirling (UK), demonstrate the incremental impact of AQUA-TNET’s long-term activities. AQUA-TNET played a leading co-operative role between higher education institutions, further education providers, research institutions and industry, defining and developing a high-quality European dimension within its academic disciplines. Activities included contributions to Bologna priorities such as student and staff mobility (M.Sc. and Ph.D. online portals detailing all members’ courses); development of innovative M.Sc., Ph.D., HE/VET and Lifelong Learning (LLL) programmes; organisation of hands-on workshops on new technologies (e-learning, ICT); identification of flexible pathways for lifelong learners (EQF and ECVET); developing diversified language learning for HE; excellent online forum (www.aquatnet.com) disseminating comprehensive information to all stakeholders, including industry. © 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Source

Hong N.T.X.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center | Hong N.T.X.,Hue University | Baruah K.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center | Vanrompay D.,Ghent University | Bossier P.,Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center
Journal of Fish Diseases | Year: 2016

Vibrio harveyi, a luminescent Gram-negative motile marine bacterium, is an important pathogen responsible for causing severe diseases in shrimp, finfish and molluscs leading to severe economic losses. Non-luminescent V. harveyi obtained by culturing luminescent strains under static and dark condition were reported to alter the levels of virulence factors and metalloprotease gene and luxR expression when compared to their luminescent variants. Presently, we conducted an in vitro study aiming at the characterization of virulence-related phenotypic traits of the wild-type V. harveyi BB120 strain and its isogenic quorum sensing mutants before and after switching to the non-luminescent status. We measured the production of caseinase, haemolysin and elastase and examined swimming motility and biofilm formation. Our results showed that switching from the bioluminescent to the non-luminescent state changed the phenotypic physiology or behaviour of V. harveyi resulting in alterations in caseinase and haemolytic activities, swimming motility and biofilm formation. The switching capacity was to a large extent independent from the quorum sensing status, in that quorum sensing mutants were equally capable of making the phenotypic switch. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source

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