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Cargill Opens Aqua Research Facility

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cargill Opens Aqua Research Facility

Cargill Animal Nutrition has recently completed construction of a new aqua research facility in Elk River, Minnesota, USA,  that will increase Cargill’s research capabilities to provide nutrient-driven solutions within the feed industry.

The environmentally controlled facility consists of multiple research systems capable of handling a wide range of research objectives, including feeding trials using either freshwater or saltwater animals of various sizes and at a range of salinities and temperatures. Initial feeding trials will use tilapia and hybrid striped bass; however, longer-term projects will include catfish as well as shrimp and other saltwater species. Cargill officials anticipate that the facility will be able to host up to a dozen major aquaculture studies annually.

“Being onsite at our Elk River innovation facility with cross-species technology teams enables us to combine strong innovation and deployment capabilities,” says Ryan Lane, technology deployment manager"aqua.

“The new facility allows us to increase and centralize our research efforts and work more effectively when we need to conduct research in other parts of the world.”

The facility’s first trials will involve benchmarking Cargill’s current nutrient systems and defining additional nutrients to provide nutrient-driven solutions to the feed industry.

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