General information

The National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia belongs to the University of 7 November of Carthage. It has 5 Departments: Aquatic and Animal Resources, Rural Engineering, Rural Economy, Vegetal Production and Genetics and Agribusiness Technologies.

The Aquatic Resources and Ecosystems Laboratory belongs to the Aquatic section of the Aquatic and Animal Resources Department. This section has approximately 150 students (90 engineer students, 30 Master of Science and 30 Ph.D) each year.
Ecology, fisheries and aquaculture are the main interest domains of our laboratory. The main international cooperation of our laboratory are with the University of Montpellier 2 (France), the University of Paris VI (France), the University of Brest (France) and the University of Barcelona (Spain).

Evidence of special competence and references

The National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia belongs to the University of 7 November of Carthage and represents the first and the veteran high institute in Tunisia (since 1898). It has 5 Departments: Aquatic and Animal Resources, Rural Engineering, Rural Economy, Vegetal Production and Genetics and Agribusiness Technologies. The Aquatic Resources and Ecosystems Laboratory belongs to the Aquatic section of the Aquatic and Animal Resources Department. This section has approximately 150 students (90 engineer students, 30 Master of Science and 30 Ph.D) each year. The main activities of our laboratory are orientated to the coastal areas, lagoons and inland water but also to fisheries and aquaculture covering activities in multidisciplinary fields linked to the use of aquatic resources, the monitoring of water quality and the impact of aquaculture on the environment. In parallel, the aquatic ecology and biodiversity represent a large part of our interest on the frame of sustainable approach.

Our objectives are: improvement of offshore aquaculture, water quality and effect of aquaculture eutrophication, biofooling, integrative inland aquaculture with irrigation activities
biogeographical approach of fish assemblages, education and training cooperation and assistance to private and public sectors.
Actual research and programs: Monitoring of tuna farming, Ecology of lagoons and coastal areas (cooperation with the University of Barcelona, Spain), Eutrophication and food chain in lakes, Artemia characterization, Mullet acclimation and physiology, Bioecology and biochemistry of opistobranch, Biogeography of fish assemblage in the Mediterranean sea (cooperation with the University of Montpellier 2, France), Impact of global warming on the distribution of coastal fishes (cooperation with the University of Montpellier 2, France)
 
Recent publications:
BEN RAIS LASRAM F & CRUZ FOLCH ANTONIO, 2007. Elaboration of a fishing effort cartography protocol. New Medit. 4 (1), 46-50
Dridi S, Romdhane MS & Cafsi M, 2007. Seasonal variation in weight and biochemical composition of the pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas in relation to the gametogenic cycle and environmental conditions of the Bizert lagoon, Tunisia. Aquaculture. 263, 238-248
Mnari A, Bouhlel I, Chraeif I, Hammami M, Romdhane MS, El Cafsi M & Chaouch A, 2007. Fatty acids in muscles and liver of Tunisian wild and farmed gilthead sea bream, Sparus aurata.Food Chemistry. 100, 1393-1397
Romdhane MS & Jenhani Ben Rejeb A , 2006. Environnement et Gestion des eaux continetanles de la marge sud m├ęditerranneenne. Actes XV Aula de Ecologia Ambientes Mediterraneos. Instutto de Estudios Almeriensis. 65-85
Dridi S, Romdhane MS, Leitao A & Cafsi M, 2006. Evidence for Crassostrea gigas reproduction in the Bizert lagoon of Tunisia. Journal of Biological Research. 5, 35-45

ANNABI-TRABELSI N, DALY YAHIA MN, ROMDHANE MS & BEN MAIZ N, 2005. Short-term and seasonal variability of planktonic copepods in Tunis North Lagoon (Tunisia, North Africa). Cahiers de Biologie Marine. 46, 325-333

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