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A/Prof. David Francis

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Position

Associate Professor, Aquaculture Nutrition

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2008
Bachelor of Environmental Science, Deakin University, 2003
Bachelor of Science (Fisheries Management & Aquaculture), Deakin University, 2001

Contact

d.francis@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 556 33083

Biography

Associate Professor David Francis has a BSc (Hons) in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture and a PhD in Aquaculture Nutrition.  He has held various research and teaching positions and joined the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in 2015.

David's research interests span protein, lipid and carbohydrate nutrition, placing a particular focus on sustainable aquaculture feed development, nutritional biomarkers of organism health, and the establishment of new aquaculture species.  David's contributions to aquaculture have been recognised by way of international awards and fellowships, where his work has ultimately assisted in the sustainable expansion of the aquaculture industry towards the production of fish and seafood for a growing global population.

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Career highlights

2020 - Present: Associate Professor of Aquaculture, Deakin University

2015 - 2020: Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture Nutrition, Deakin University

2011 - 2015: Research Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science, QLD, Australia

2009 - 2011: Lecturer, Deakin University

2007 - 2009: Research Fellow, Deakin University

Research interests

Nutrition (larval, crustacean and finfish)

Sustainable aquaculture production

Nutritional biomarkers of organism health and resilience

Lipid metabolism (lipid classes and fatty acids)

Nutritional ecology

New aquaculture species

Novel ingredient development and testing

Units taught

SLE262 - Aquaculture and the Environment

SLE766 - Industry Practice

Knowledge areas

Aquaculture

Fish nutrition

Crustacean nutrition

Larval biology

Nutritional biomarkers

Fatty acids

Aquaculture sustainability

Professional activities

Editorial board of 'Reviews in Aquaculture' and 'Fishes'

Reviewer for >20 international journals (Reviews in Aquaculture, Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Aquaculture Research, Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, Food Chemistry, Journal of Food Science, Reviews in Aquaculture, PLoS one, Journal of Food Science etc)

Awards

2012: Australian Academy of Science - Travel Fellowship

2012: Australasian Aquaculture Award

Publications

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2022

Probiotic yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae coupled with Lactobacillus casei modulates physiological performance and promotes gut microbiota in juvenile barramundi, Lates calcarifer

M Siddik, M Foysal, R Fotedar, D Francis, S Gupta

(2022), Vol. 546, pp. 1-12, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Algal supplements in formulated feeds: Effects on sea urchin gonad quality

F Warren-Myers, S Swearer, D Francis, G Turchini, K Overton, T Dempster

(2022), Vol. 548, pp. 1-7, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Ovarian fullness affects biochemical composition and nutritional quality of female swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus

Q Sun, X Jiang, W Hou, J He, D Francis, X Wu

(2022), Vol. 106, pp. 1-9, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Systematic review of the odorous volatile compounds that contribute to flavour profiles of aquatic animals

B Jones, M Rocker, R Keast, D Callahan, H Redmond, R Smullen, D Francis

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1418-1477, Reviews in Aquaculture, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Nutritional composition and heavy metal profiling of Australian kelps cultured in proximity to salmon and mussel farms

C Biancacci, J Sanderson, B Evans, D Callahan, D Francis, V Skrzypczyk, E Cumming, A Bellgrove

(2022), Vol. 64, Algal Research, C1

journal article

Effects of Dietary Tuna Viscera Hydrolysate Supplementation on Growth, Intestinal Mucosal Response, and Resistance to Streptococcus iniae Infection in Pompano (Trachinotus blochii)

H Pham, M Siddik, H Le, M Ngo, M Nguyen, D Francis

(2022), Vol. 2022, pp. 1-14, Aquaculture Nutrition, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Variation in biochemical composition of wild-harvested Macrocystis pyrifera (Ochrophyta) from sites proximal and distal to salmon farms in Tasmania, Australia

C Biancacci, J Sanderson, B Evans, D Callahan, D Francis, V Skrzypczyk, E Cumming, A Bellgrove

(2022), Vol. 65, pp. 1-9, Algal Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Seaweed Phenolics as Natural Antioxidants, Aquafeed Additives, Veterinary Treatments and Cross-Linkers for Microencapsulation

T Gunathilake, T Akanbi, H Suleria, T Nalder, D Francis, C Barrow

(2022), Vol. 20, pp. 1-44, Marine Drugs, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2021

Effects of dietary choline on liver lipid composition, liver histology and plasma biochemistry of juvenile yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi)

A Liu, I Pirozzi, B Codabaccus, F Stephens, D Francis, J Sammut, M Booth

(2021), Vol. 125, pp. 1344-1358, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Seasonal effects on growth and product quality in Atlantic salmon fed diets containing terrestrial oils as assessed by a long-term, on-farm growth trial

T Mock, D Francis, M Jago, P Miles, B Glencross, R Smullen, R Keast, G Turchini

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 477-490, Aquaculture Nutrition, C1

journal article

The balancing act: Protein, lipid and seaweed dietary levels to maximize gonad quantity in a wild-caught sea urchin

F Warren-Myers, G Turchini, S Swearer, D Francis, T Dempster

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 1019-1030, Aquaculture Nutrition, C1

journal article

Poultry offal meal production conditions impact meal quality and digestibility in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

M Rocker, M Lewis, T Mock, D Francis, F Bellagamba, V Moretti, G Quinn, R Smullen, G Turchini

(2021), Vol. 542, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Assessing the risk of light reduction from natural sediment resuspension events and dredging activities in an inshore turbid reef environment

H Luter, M Pineda, G Ricardo, D Francis, R Fisher, R Jones

(2021), Vol. 170, Marine Pollution Bulletin, England, C1

journal article

Dietary supplementation of fish protein hydrolysate in high plant protein diets modulates growth, liver and kidney health, and immunity of barramundi (Lates calcarifer)

M Siddik, H Pham, D Francis, B Vo, M Shahjahan

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 86-98, Aquaculture Nutrition, C1

journal article

Underwater Light Characteristics of Turbid Coral Reefs of the Inner Central Great Barrier Reef

R Jones, M Pineda, H Luter, R Fisher, D Francis, W Klonowski, M Slivkoff

(2021), Vol. 8, Frontiers in Marine Science, C1

journal article
2020

A systematic review and analysis of long-term growth trials on the effect of diet on omega-3 fatty acid levels in the fillet tissue of post-smolt Atlantic salmon

T Mock, D Francis, D Drumm, V Versace, B Glencross, R Smullen, M Jago, G Turchini

(2020), Vol. 516, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Effects of fattening period on ovarian development and nutritional quality of adult female Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis

X Long, Q Guo, X Wang, D Francis, Y Cheng, X Wu

(2020), Vol. 519, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

A microalga is better than a commercial lipid emulsion at enhancing live feeds for an ornamental marine fish larva

A Basford, B Mos, D Francis, G Turchini, C White, S Dworjanyn

(2020), Vol. 523, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Temperature alters reproduction and maternal provisioning in a fish ectoparasite

A Brazenor, D Francis, J Conlan, A Carton, K Hutson

(2020), Vol. 50, pp. 839-849, International Journal for Parasitology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Dietary fishmeal replacement with a mixed‐blend protein evokes sex‐specific differences on culture performance and physiological effects on Chinese mitten crab

Shaicheng Zhu, Xiaowen Long, Giovanni Turchini, David Francis, Deng Deng, Yongxu Cheng, Xugan Wu

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 2043-2058, Aquaculture nutrition, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Seasonal variation in the lipid profile of Acropora millepora at Halfway Island, Great Barrier Reef

J Conlan, L Bay, A Jones, A Thompson, D Francis

(2020), Vol. 39, pp. 1753-1765, Coral Reefs, C1

journal article

Are fish what they eat? A fatty acid's perspective

H Xu, G Turchini, D Francis, M Liang, T Mock, A Rombenso, Q Ai

(2020), Vol. 80, Progress in Lipid Research, England, C1

journal article

Energy depletion and opportunistic microbial colonisation in white syndrome lesions from corals across the Indo-Pacific

H Smith, J Conlan, F Pollock, N Wada, A Shore, J Hung, G Aeby, B Willis, D Francis, D Bourne

(2020), Vol. 10, Scientific Reports, England, C1

journal article
2019

A comparison of in-vivo and in-vitro methods for assessing the digestibility of poultry by-product meals using barramundi (lates calcarifer); impacts of cooking temperature and raw material freshness

M Lewis, D Francis, D Blyth, F Moyano, R Smullen, G Turchini, M Booth

(2019), Vol. 498, pp. 187-200, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Altered levels of shorter vs long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in commercial diets for market-sized Atlantic salmon reared in seawater - effects on fatty acid composition, metabolism and product quality

T Mock, D Francis, M Jago, B Glencross, R Smullen, R Keast, G Turchini

(2019), Vol. 499, pp. 167-177, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The impact of dietary protein: lipid ratio on growth performance, fatty acid metabolism, product quality and waste output in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

T Mock, D Francis, M Jago, B Glencross, R Smullen, R Keast, G Turchini

(2019), Vol. 501, pp. 191-201, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Plasticity in gene expression and fatty acid profiles of Acropora tenuis reciprocally transplanted between two water quality regimes in the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia

M Rocker, C Kenkel, D Francis, B Willis, L Bay

(2019), Vol. 511, pp. 40-53, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Temporal and spatial variation in fatty acid composition in Acropora tenuis corals along water quality gradients on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

M Rocker, D Francis, K Fabricius, B Willis, L Bay

(2019), Vol. 38, pp. 215-228, Coral reefs, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Endogenous biosynthesis of n-3 long-chain PUFA in Atlantic salmon

T Mock, D Francis, M Jago, B Glencross, R Smullen, G Turchini

(2019), Vol. 121, pp. 1108-1123, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Harvest method does not affect survival and condition during gonad enhancement of an overabundant sea urchin

F Warren-Myers, S Swearer, D Francis, G Turchini, T Dempster

(2019), Vol. 11, pp. 143-148, Aquaculture environment interactions, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

journal article

Tamoxifen affects the histology and hepatopancreatic lipid metabolism of swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus

M Liu, Q Feng, D Francis, G Turchini, C Zeng, X Wu

(2019), Vol. 213, Aquatic Toxicology, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of PUFA-enriched Artemia on the early growth and fatty acid composition of Murray cod larvae

D Francis, B Cleveland, P Jones, G Turchini, J Conlan

(2019), Vol. 513, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Elucidating an optimal diet for captive Acropora corals

J Conlan, C Humphrey, A Severati, C Parrish, D Francis

(2019), Vol. 513, Aquaculture, C1

journal article
2018

Fatty acids and beyond: fillet nutritional characterisation of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fed different dietary oil sources

G Turchini, K Hermon, D Francis

(2018), Vol. 491, pp. 391-397, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Intra-colonial diversity in the scleractinian coral, Acropora millepora: Identifying the nutritional gradients underlying physiological integration and compartmentalised functioning

J Conlan, C Humphrey, A Severati, D Francis

(2018), Vol. 2018, PeerJ, United States, C1

journal article

Elucidating the sponge stress response; lipids and fatty acids can facilitate survival under future climate scenarios

H Bennett, J Bell, S Davy, N Webster, D Francis

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 3130-3144, Global change biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Genes for de novo biosynthesis of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are widespread in animals

N Kabeya, M Fonseca, D Ferrier, J Navarro, L Bay, D Francis, D Tocher, L Castro, Ó Monroig

(2018), Vol. 4, Science Advances, United States, C1

journal article

Barrens of gold: gonad conditioning of an overabundant sea urchin

Cassandra Pert, Stephen Swearer, Symon Dworjanyn, Nina Kriegisch, Giovanni Turchini, David Francis, Tim Dempster

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 345-361, Aquaculture environment interactions, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

journal article

Comparing the capacity of five different dietary treatments to optimise growth and nutritional composition in two scleractinian corals

J Conlan, L Bay, A Severati, C Humphrey, D Francis

(2018), Vol. 13, PLoS ONE, United States, C1

journal article
2017

Retro-engineering the protein sparing effect to preserve n-3 LC-PUFA from catabolism and optimise fish oil utilisation: A preliminary case study on juvenile Atlantic salmon

D Francis, G Turchini

(2017), Vol. 468, pp. 184-192, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

A n-3 PUFA depletion applied to rainbow trout fry (Oncorhynchus mykiss) does not modulate its subsequent lipid bioconversion capacity

J Mellery, J Brel, J Dort, F Geay, P Kestemont, D Francis, Y Larondelle, X Rollin

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 187-199, British Journal of Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

The nutritional value of live and concentrated micro-algae for early juveniles of sandfish, Holothuria scabra

N Duy, D Francis, P Southgate

(2017), Vol. 473, pp. 97-104, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Selective feeding andmicroalgal consumption rates by crown-of-thorns seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris) larvae

C Mellin, C Lugrin, K Okaji, D Francis, S Uthicke

(2017), Vol. 9, Diversity, C1

journal article

Variation in the health and biochemical condition of the coral Acropora tenuis along two water quality gradients on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

M Rocker, D Francis, K Fabricius, B Willis, L Bay

(2017), Vol. 119, pp. 106-119, Marine Pollution Bulletin, England, C1

journal article

A comparison of two common sample preparation techniques for lipid and fatty acid analysis in three different coral morphotypes reveals quantitative and qualitative differences

J Conlan, M Rocker, D Francis

(2017), Vol. 2017, PeerJ, United States, C1

journal article

Biochemical composition of marine monogenean parasite eggs

A Brazenor, D Francis, K Hutson, A Carton

(2017), Vol. 218, pp. 1-3, Molecular and biochemical parasitology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Influence of different feeding regimes on the survival, growth, and biochemical composition of Acropora coral recruits

J Conlan, C Humphrey, A Severati, D Francis

(2017), Vol. 12, PLoS ONE, United States, C1

journal article
2016

Food preferences of juvenile corallivorous crown-of-thorns (Acanthaster planci) sea stars

C Johansson, D Francis, S Uthicke

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. 1-7, Marine Biology, C1

journal article

Biochemical responses to ocean acidification contrast between tropical corals with high and low abundances at volcanic carbon dioxide seeps

J Strahl, D Francis, J Doyle, C Humphrey, K Fabricius

(2016), Vol. 73, pp. 897-909, ICES Journal of Marine Science, C1

journal article

Use of micro-algae concentrates for hatchery culture of sandfish, Holothuria scabra

N Duy, D Francis, I Pirozzi, P Southgate

(2016), Vol. 464, pp. 145-152, Aquaculture, C1

journal article

Development of hyaline spheres in late auriculariae of sandfish, Holothuria scabra: Is it a reliable indicator of subsequent performance?

N Duy, D Francis, P Southgate

(2016), Vol. 465, pp. 144-151, Aquaculture, C1

journal article
2015

The effects of pre-digested protein sources on the performance of early-mid stage Panulirus ornatus phyllosoma

S Gamble, I Pirozzi, M Hall, C Zeng, J Conlan, D Francis

(2015), Vol. 440, pp. 17-24, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Climate change as an unexpected co-factor promoting coral eating seastar (Acanthaster planci) outbreaks

S Uthicke, M Logan, M Liddy, D Francis, N Hardy, M Lamare

(2015), Vol. 5, pp. 1-8, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The orexinergic system in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss and its regulation by dietary lipids

E Varricchio, F Russo, E Coccia, G Turchini, D Francis, M Paolucci

(2015), Vol. 78, pp. 707-714, Microscopy research and technique, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal article
2014

n-3 LC-PUFA deposition efficiency and appetite regulating hormones are modulated by the dietary lipid source during rainbow trout grow-out and finishing periods

D Francis, T Thanuthong, S Senadheera, M Paolucci, E Coccia, S De Silva, G Turchini

(2014), Vol. 40, pp. 577-593, Fish physiology and biochemistry, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Changes in the nutritional composition of captive early-mid stage Panulirus ornatus phyllosoma over ecdysis and larval development

J Conlan, P Jones, G Turchini, M Hall, D Francis

(2014), Vol. 434, pp. 159-170, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fatty acid-specific alterations in leptin, PPARα, and CPT-1 gene expression in the rainbow trout

E Coccia, E Varricchio, P Vito, G Turchini, D Francis, M Paolucci

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 1033-1046, Lipids, Heidelberg , Germany, C1

journal article

Palinurid lobster aquaculture: nutritional progress and considerations for successful larval rearing

David Francis, Matt Salmon, Matt Kenway, Michael Hall

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 180-203, Reviews in aquaculture, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2013

Palinurid lobster larval rearing for closed-cycle hatchery production

M Hall, M Kenway, M Salmon, D Francis, E Goulden, L Hoj

(2013), pp. 289-338, Advances in aquaculture hatchery technology, Oxford, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Monola oil versus canola oil as a fish oil replacer in rainbow trout feeds: effects on growth, fatty acid metabolism and final eating quality

G Turchini, V Moretti, K Hermon, F Caprino, M Busetto, F Bellagamba, T Rankin, R Keast, D Francis

(2013), Vol. 141, pp. 1335-1344, Food chemistry, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Seven fish oil substitutes over a rainbow trout grow-out cycle: I) Effects on performance and fatty acid metabolism

G Turchini, K Hermon, B Cleveland, J Emery, T Rankin, D Francis

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 82-94, Aquaculture nutrition, London, England, C1

journal article

Seven fish oil substitutes over a rainbow trout grow-out cycle: II) Effects on final eating quality and a tentative estimation of feed-related production costs

G Turchini, K Hermon, V Moretti, F Caprino, M Busetto, F Bellagamba, T Rankin, D Francis

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 95-109, Aquaculture nutrition, London, England, C1

journal article
2012

Nutrition

S De Silva, G Turchini, D Francis

(2012), pp. 164-187, Aquaculture : farming aquatic animals and plants, Chichester, England, B1

book chapter

Effects of dietary iron supplementation on growth performance, fatty acid composition and fatty acid metabolism in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fed vegetable oil based diets

S Senadheera, G Turchini, T Thanuthong, D Francis

(2012), Vol. 342-343, pp. 80-88, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of Dietary Vitamin B6 Supplementation on Fillet Fatty Acid Composition and Fatty Acid Metabolism of Rainbow Trout Fed Vegetable Oil Based Diets

S Senadheera, G Turchini, T Thanuthong, D Francis

(2012), Vol. 60, pp. 2343-2353, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Washington, United States, C1

journal article

Short-term food deprivation before a fish oil finishing strategy improves the deposition of n-3 LC-PUFA, but not the washing-out of C18 PUFA in rainbow trout

T Thanuthong, D Francis, S Senadheera, P Jones, G Turchini

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 441-456, Aquaculture nutrition, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Immunohistochemical and immunological detection of ghrelin and leptin in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss and murray cod Maccullochella peelii peelii as affected by different dietary fatty acids

E Varricchio, F Russo, E Coccia, G Turchini, D Francis, P De Girolamo, M Paolucci

(2012), Vol. 75, pp. 771-780, Microscopy research and technique, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal article

Echium oil provides no benefit over linseed oil for (n-3) long-chain PUFA biosynthesis in rainbow trout

B Cleveland, D Francis, G Turchini

(2012), Vol. 142, pp. 1449-1455, Journal of nutrition, Bethesda, Md., C1

journal article
2011

Fish oil in aquaculture : in retrospect

S De Silva, D Francis, A Tacon

(2011), pp. 1-20, Fish oil replacement and alternative lipid sources in aquaculture feeds, Boca Raton, Flo., B1

book chapter

n-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich vegetable oils and blends

D Tocher, D Francis, K Coupland

(2011), pp. 209-244, Fish oil replacement and alternative lipid sources in aquaculture feeds, Boca Raton, Flo., B1

book chapter

Transforming salmonid aquaculture from a consumer to a producer of long chain omega-3 fatty acids

G Turchini, D Francis, R Keast, A Sinclair

(2011), Vol. 124, pp. 609-614, Food chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Assessment of oxidatively generated DNA damage in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) fed with different lipid sources

F Bellagamba, F Caprino, M Busetto, D Francis, M Vasconi, G Turchini, V Moretti

(2011), Vol. 317, pp. 124-132, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of Dietary [alpha]-linolenic acid (18:3n-3)/linoleic acid (18:2n-6) ratio on fatty acid metabolism in Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii)

S Senadheera, G Turchini, T Thanuthong, D Francis

(2011), Vol. 59, pp. 1020-1030, Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, Washington, D. C., C1

journal article

Fish oil replacement in rainbow trout diets and total dietary PUFA content : I) effects on feed efficiency, fat deposition and the efficiency of a finishing strategy

T Thanuthong, D Francis, S Senadheera, P Jones, G Turchini

(2011), Vol. 320, pp. 82-90, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fish oil replacement with different vegetable oils in Murray cod : evidence of an 'omega-3 sparing effect' by other dietary fatty acids

G Turchini, D Francis, S Senadheera, T Thanuthong, S De Silva

(2011), Vol. 315, pp. 250-259, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

LC-PUFA biosynthesis in rainbow trout is substrate limited : use of the whole body fatty acid balance method and different 18:3n-3/18:2n-6 ratios

T Thanuthong, D Francis, S Senadheera, P Jones, G Turchini

(2011), Vol. 46, pp. 1111-1127, Lipids, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

journal article

Fish oil replacement in rainbow trout diets and total dietary PUFA content : II) Effects on fatty acid metabolism and in vivo fatty acid bioconversion

T Thanuthong, D Francis, E Manickam, S Senadheera, D Cameron-Smith, G Turchini

(2011), Vol. 322-323, pp. 99-108, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The whole-body fatty acid balance method : examples of its potential for feed efficiency and product quality optimisation in fish and poultry

G Turchini, S De Smet, D Francis

(2011), pp. 69-76, Recent advances in animal nutrition - Australia, v.18, Armidale, N. S. W., E1

conference
2010

Can dietary lipid source circadian alternation improve omega-3 deposition in rainbow trout?

T Brown, D Francis, G Turchini

(2010), Vol. 300, pp. 148-155, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Effects of dietary α-linolenic acid (18:3n-3)/linoleic acid (18:2n-6) ratio on growth performance, fillet fatty acid profile and finishing efficiency in Murray cod

S Senadheera, G Turchini, T Thanuthong, D Francis

(2010), Vol. 309, pp. 222-230, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article
2009

Effects of alternate phases of fish oil and vegetable oil-based diets in Murray cod

D Francis, G Turchini, B Smith, S Ryan, S De Silva

(2009), Vol. 40, pp. 1123-1134, Aquaculture research, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Fatty acid metabolism (desaturation, elongation and β-oxidation) in rainbow trout fed fish oil- or linseed oil-based diets

G Turchini, D Francis

(2009), Vol. 102, pp. 69-91, British journal of nutrition, [Cambridge, England], C1

journal article

Apparent in vivo Δ-6 desaturase activity, efficiency, and affinity are affected by total dietary C18 PUFA in the freshwater fish Murray cod

D Francis, D Peters, G Turchini

(2009), Vol. 57, pp. 4381-4390, Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, United States, C1

journal article
2007

Dietary lipid source modulates in vivo fatty acid metabolism in the freshwater fish, Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii)

D Francis, G Turchini, P Jones, S De Silva

(2007), Vol. 55, pp. 1582-1591, Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, Washington, DC, C1

journal article

Effects of fish oil substitution with a mix blend vegetable oil on nutrient digestibility in Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii

D Francis, G Turchini, P Jones, S De Silva

(2007), Vol. 269, pp. 447-455, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Finishing diets stimulate compensatory growth: results of a study on Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii

G Turchini, D Francis, S De Silva

(2007), Vol. 13, pp. 351-360, Aquaculture nutrition, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Growth performance, feed efficiency and fatty acid composition of juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii, fed graded levels of canola and linseed oil

D Francis, G Turchini, P Jones, S De Silva

(2007), Vol. 13, pp. 335-350, Aquaculture nutrition, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

A whole body, in vivo, fatty A\acid balance method to quantify PUFA metabolism (desaturation, elongation and beta-oxidation)

G Turchini, D Francis, S De Silva

(2007), Vol. 42, pp. 1065-1071, Lipids, Berlin , Germany, C1

journal article
2006

Fatty acid metabolism in the freshwater fish Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii) deduced by the whole-body fatty acid balance method

G Turchini, D Francis, S De Silva

(2006), Vol. 144, pp. 110-118, Comparative biochemistry and physiology. B, Biochemistry & molecular biology, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Effects of dietary oil source on growth and fillet fatty Acid composition of Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii

D Francis, G Turchini, P Jones, S De Silva

(2006), Vol. 253, pp. 547-556, Aquaculture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Modification of tissue fatty acid composition in Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii, Mitchell) resulting from a shift from vegetable oil diets to a fish oil diet.

G Turchini, D Francis, S De Silva

(2006), Vol. 37, pp. 570-585, Aquaculture research, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Enhancing the flavour of farmed fish through dietary innovation

A/Prof David Francis, Prof Giovanni Turchini, Rocky De Nys, A/Prof Damien Callahan, A/Prof Xavier Conlan, Prof Russell Keast, Vittorio Moretti, Dr Richard Smullen, Susan Poole

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $51,645
  • 2020: $127,314
  • 2019: $120,756
  • 2018: $50,706

Elucidating the nutritional requirements of farmed hybrid abalone

A/Prof David Francis, Prof John Donald, Prof Giovanni Turchini

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2021: $48,000
  • 2019: $75,000
  • 2018: $159,544

Other Public Sector Funding

Aquaculture technologies for recycled water bioremediation

Dr Paul Jones, Mr Bob Collins, Prof Giovanni Turchini, A/Prof David Francis

WW Grant - Research - Wannon Region Water Corporation (Wannon Water)

  • 2011: $28,527
  • 2010: $51,495
  • 2009: $25,000

Lipid class analysis of Great Barrier Reef corals and sponges

A/Prof David Francis

Aust Institute of Marine Science

  • 2016: $5,272

Evaluation of nutritional quality in farmed yellowtail kingfish

A/Prof David Francis

Port Stephens Fisheries Institute

  • 2017: $4,784

Evaluation of nutritional quality in farmed yellowtail kingfish

A/Prof David Francis

Port Stephens Fisheries Institute

  • 2018: $7,174

Feasibility of a breeding program for the giant triton sea snail (Charonia tritonis)

A/Prof David Francis

Aust Institute of Marine Science

  • 2018: $4,550

Examining the effects of sediment - induced shifts in light quantity and quality on corals and sponges.

A/Prof David Francis, Ms Jessica Conlan

Aust Institute of Marine Science

  • 2019: $27,470

Contributions of seaweed to carbon sequestration

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Mrs Erlania Erlania, Prof Peter Macreadie, A/Prof David Francis

VEAC Grant - Bill Borthwick Scholarship

  • 2019: $2,500

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program - Prokaryote treatments and coral nutrition (RRAP-ECT-03)

Dr Melissa Rocker, Prof Colin Barrow, A/Prof David Francis

Aust Institute of Marine Science

  • 2022: $75,921
  • 2021: $75,921

Industry and Other Funding

Monola in aquafeed

Prof Giovanni Turchini, A/Prof David Francis

Nuseed Pty Ltd

  • 2012: $44,699
  • 2011: $22,122
  • 2010: $22,122

Deakin Ridley Aquaculture Research Initiative

Prof Giovanni Turchini, A/Prof David Francis

Ridley AgriProducts

  • 2020: $500,000
  • 2019: $341,710
  • 2018: $190,000
  • 2017: $287,734
  • 2016: $150,000
  • 2015: $150,000

Enhancing the flavour of farmed fish through dietary innovation

A/Prof David Francis, Prof Giovanni Turchini, Rocky De Nys, A/Prof Damien Callahan, A/Prof Xavier Conlan, Prof Russell Keast, Vittorio Moretti, Dr Richard Smullen, Susan Poole

Ridley AgriProducts, Mainstream Aquaculture Corporate Services Pty Ltd, Humpty Doo Barramundi Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $72,500
  • 2019: $50,000

Nutritional assessment of commercially extruded aquafeeds

A/Prof David Francis, Prof Giovanni Turchini

Ridley Corporation

  • 2017: $15,620

Environmental Water Knowledge and Research

A/Prof David Francis, Prof Rebecca Lester

Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre

  • 2018: $25,000
  • 2017: $10,100

Contributions of seaweed to carbon sequestration

Mrs Erlania Erlania, Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Prof Peter Macreadie, A/Prof David Francis

ESA - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - 20 571 098 795

  • 2021: $7,500
  • 2019: $6,375

Nutritional composition of cultured kelps and influences of sample preservation.

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, Miss Vanessa Skrzypczyk, A/Prof Damien Callahan, A/Prof David Francis

Tassal Operations Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $11,000

Spicy fish - an evaluation of a novel bioactive for improved on-farm fish performance.

A/Prof David Francis, Dr Tom Mock, Dr Melissa Rocker, Miss Erin Cumming, Dr Matt Jago, Prof Giovanni Turchini

Lucta S.A.

  • 2021: $45,000
  • 2020: $45,000

Future proofing Australian agriculture with seaweed supplementation

Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof David Francis, A/Prof Damien Callahan, Mr Thiruchenduran Somasundaram

Heytesbury District Landcare Network

  • 2022: $25,000

Other Funding Sources

Evaluation of fatty acid biomarkers in decapod crustaceans.

A/Prof David Francis

La Trobe University

  • 2019: $4,400

Future-proofing the salmon farming industry in the face of climate warming.

A/Prof David Francis, Prof Giovanni Turchini, Prof Colin Barrow, A/Prof Timothy Clark, Prof John Donald

Ridley AgriProducts

  • 2022: $458,784
  • 2021: $611,712
  • 2020: $152,928

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2020

Matthew Jago

Thesis entitled: Seasonal environmental impacts on the productivity and nutritional status of farmed Atlantic salmon in Tasmania

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2018

Jessica Ann Conlan

Thesis entitled: Nutritional Health of Captive Corals

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Co-supervisor
2019

Thomas Mock

Thesis entitled: Omega-3 fatty acids in Atlantic salmon: dietary and environmental effects

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2009

Giorgio Palmeri

Thesis entitled: Nutritional and Organoleptic Quality in Intensively Farmed Murray Cod

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences