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Inra Bordeaux-Aquitaine
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Inge Geurden

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Inge Geurden
© inra, 2007
My research activities aim at a better understanding of the effects of nutrients and dietary energy on the regulation of voluntary feed intake in (growing) fish, using rainbow trout as a model.

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UR1067 NuMeA (Nutrition Métabolisme Aquaculture)
INRA, Quartier Ibarron
64310 St Pée-sur-Nivelle France
Tel : +33 (0)5 59 51 59 61
Fax: +33 (0)5 59 54 51 52


>Cursus and training

  • Agronomical engineer, PhD - 1997. Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center, Faculty of Agronomy and Applied Biological Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium - 'National Research Foundation' fellow (NFWO/FWO)
  • Pre/postdoctoral stays at the INRA (Larval fish rearing team, St Pée-sur-Nivelle, France), the Marine Science Institute (Port Aransas, Univ Texas, US) and the Institute of nutrition (Nifes, Bergen, Norway)
  • Employed at the INRA since nov 1999

> Major research activity

The nutritional control of voluntary feed intake in fish

My research activities aim at a better understanding of the effects of nutrients and dietary energy on the regulation of voluntary feed intake in (growing) fish, using rainbow trout as a model. The understanding and prediction of voluntary feed intake in farmed fish is imperative for maximizing growth performances and minimizing feed losses. Most studies on feed intake regulation in fish use a bio-energetic approach, based on observations that fish regulate feed intake as to ingest a fixed amount of (digestible) energy. Our first series of feeding trials with lipid-rich diets did not indicate a negative feedback from extra dietary lipid on feed intake in rainbow trout of different sizes (50-400 g). The lack of energy intake compensation resulted in increased fat depositions while net protein gains appeared fairly stable. Hence, our further studies focus on the dissociation of the effect of total dietary energy from that of the (energy supplying) nutrients, i.e. protein, lipid and carbohydrates while taking into account the interacting effect between nutrients/energy on their retention efficiencies by the fish. Now, the major question to be answered, based on the hypothesis that fish regulate feed intake as to maximize growth rather than as to ingest a fixed amount of energy, is to better understand the influence of the postingestive cost of the metabolic processing of the nutrients (including that of excesses) on voluntary feed intake. In parallel, in ongoing studies on fishmeal and fish oil replacements by alternative protein and lipid sources, a specific attention is being given to whether these dietary changes affect feed intake, the first prerequisite for good growth.

Key-words: feed intake regulation, digestible energy, macronutrients, feed efficiency, nitrogen retention, self-feeding, preferences, nutritional 'wisdom', lipostatic or glucostatic theories, vegetable plants or feed oils

> Other topics

  • Long-term effects of nutritional conditioning stimuli perceived at early life stages (collaboration with S Panserat, St Pée and JLZ Zambonino, IFREMER, Brest)
  • Interaction genetics & nutrient responses (collaboration with F Médale, St Pée and M Dupont-Nivet, E Quillet, M Mambrini, INRA Fish Genetics Laboratory, Jouy-en-Josas)
  • Metabolic effects of the replacement of fish meal by plant proteins in marine shrimp feed (P. monodon). PhD proposal (Bourse CIFRE, collaboration with S Kaushik Nuage and Nutrima/Uunima, La Réunion/Madagascar)- deadline for application September 30th, 2007.


> The regulation of food intake, University of Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Anglet, France

Publications selection

  • Geurden I., Corraze G., Boujard T. 2007. Self-feeding behaviour of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, offered diets with distinct feed oils. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. , 108 (3-4), 313-326
  • Geurden I., Aramendi M., Zambonino-Infante JL, Panserat S. 2007. Early feeding of carnivorous rainbow trout with a hyperglucidic diet during a short period: effect on dietary glucose utilisation in juveniles. Am. J. Pysiol. Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol., 292, 2275-2283.
  • Boujard, T., Cuvier, A., Geurden, I., Labbé, L., Mambrini, M. 2006. Selection for growth and feeding hierarchy in brown trout. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci., 99, 344-356.
  • Geurden I, Gondouin E, Rimbach M, Koppe W, Kaushik S, Boujard T. 2006. The evaluation of energy intake adjustments and preferences in juvenile rainbow trout fed increasing amounts of lipids. Physiol. Behav., 88, 325-332.
  • Han K., Geurden I., Van der meeren P., Bai SC, Sorgeloos P. 2005. Particle size distribution in two lipid emulsions used for the enrichment of Artemia nauplii as a function of their preparation method and storage time. J. World Aquacult. Soc., 36, 196-202.
  • Geurden I., Gondouin E., Cuvier A., Olsen R.E., Ruohonen K., Kaushik S., Boujard T. 2005. Rainbow trout can discriminate between feeds with different oil sources. Physiol. Behav., 85, 107-114.