ILEE Lunch Seminar

A regular seminar for researchers affiliated to ILEE.
  • When Jan 08, 2019 from 12:45 PM to 02:00 PM (Europe/Brussels / UTC100)
  • Where B33 - Biology, 3rd floor
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2 Talks of ± 20 min plus 10 min discussion.


Hossain Sakhawat (Biology; team of Patrick Kestemont)

Studies on the nucleotide nutrition and development of functional feeds for cultured marine species
Although nucleotides (NT) have long been implicated as feed attractants in both vertebrate and invertebrate species, research into potential growth and health benefits of dietary NT in aquaculture species has just been implemented in early 2000s. To date, research pertaining to NT nutrition in fishes has shown rather consistent and encouraging, beneficial results in fish health management. Red sea bream, Pagrus major, and amberjack, Seriolla dumerili, are the two most important aquaculture species in East Asia. Intensive aquaculture of these species often caused stressful conditions which negatively affected their growth and health performances. Under these circumstances, research on dietary modulation for potential growth and health management is necessary for sustainable culture of these species. In this regards, development of functional feed through supplementing functional nutrients could be an effective alternative strategy. In my Ph.D study, NT (individual and mixed) and its related products have been evaluated as functional nutrients and individual NT/nucleoside has been supplemented in low fishmeal (FM) based diet to develop cost effective functional feeds for these two species.
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Xavier Thunis (Faculty of Law) will talk about:
Compensation for environmental damage -
This year (February 2018), the International Court of Justice in The Hague ordered Nicaragua to compensate Costa Rica for environmental damage. The damage was caused by the illegal construction of channels near the mouth of the San Juan River that separates the two states. This judgment was fundamental and innovative: for the first time, the Court, the main jurisdictional body of the United Nations, recognized the specificity of "pure" ecological damage and decided on its evaluation and compensation.
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Bank loans and respect for the environment

When granting loans or credits for projects, banks can no longer ignore environmental risks. Even if civil responsibility for environmental pollution is rarely imposed on the financial institute, several texts exist (e.g. "Equator Principles") that manage environmental and social risk in project finance. NOGs pay attention that these principles are respected.
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Ecological damage
Belgian law has not quite adapted the French civil code to nominate pure ecological damage. Jurisprudence in Belgium is rather traditional and focusses on moral damage than on ecological damage, so there is still some way to go!
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Note: This presentation will be in French!

Do not forget to command your sandwich - offered by ILEE!