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NCERC at SIUE Hosts DDGS in Aquaculture Webinar

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Contact: Courtney Breckenridge
Office: 618-659-6737 ext. 230

EDWARDSVILLE – NCERC at SIUE researchers hope to shed light on a new market for ethanol coproducts with the upcoming webinar “DDGS and Aquaculture: ‘Reel’ Opportunities for Fishmeal Replacement.” 

Presented in collaboration with partners at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Iowa State University, the webinar will discuss the potential for dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), an ethanol coproduct, as an addition to fish diets. NCERC’s Research Director Dr. Sabrina Trupia and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Parisa Fallahi will be joined by SIUC Assistant Professor Dr. Jesse Trushenski and Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University and Executive Director of the Distiller Grains Technology Council.

“We are excited to share past research findings and discuss the exciting opportunities for DDGS that exist in the aquaculture market, in terms of both future research and the pathway to commercialization,” Fallahi said. “The best way to fully realize this emerging market is through research collaboration and involving industry partners early in the process. We believe this webinar is a great way to spark new discussions and generate interest.”

Rapid growth in the fish farming industry, coupled with the rising expense of fishmeal, is driving research in plant-based protein substitutes such as DDGS. Past research has shown promise for DDGS as a high-value nutritional substitute for fishmeal, yet more work is needed to realize the potential at commercial scale.

The webinar is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. To participate, interested attendees should email Courtney Breckenridge at or visit

About the NCERC
The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. The Center’s fully functional dry grind pilot plant and laboratories are equipped with advanced biofuels capabilities including corn fractionation, pretreatment, and a fermentation suite with 5, 30, 150 and 1500L scale-up. Facilities are staffed by industry veterans with more than 100 years of collective experience in fermentation and biofuels production. This knowledgeable team has the flexibility and expertise to design and carry out projects in any region of the advanced biofuels or specialty chemicals space.  For more information, contact Courtney Breckenridge, (618) 659-6737 ext. 230,, or visit

About SIUE
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized university dedicated to educating and developing professional and community leaders through its excellent faculty and academic programs. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 17-to-1, SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the lowest tuition of all 12 state universities in Illinois. The emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. In fall 2011, SIUE reached the largest overall enrollment in the history of the University with 14,235 students. In fiscal year 2011, SIUE faculty and staff received more than $34 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives. Only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River's rich bottom land. SIUE has been shaping the future in the St. Louis Metro Area since 1957, offering quality undergraduate and graduate programs combined with a solid commitment to the economic development of Southwestern Illinois.

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