BSc Aquaculture and Fisheries Management graduate, Alex Kulczyk has won The Vitacress Conservation Trust’s Dissertation Prize for 2018 at the recent Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum.

The annual forum hosted at Sparsholt College and was attended by VCT Patron, Lady Wakeham. The agenda consisted of several interesting speakers and updates including, The Upper Itchen Initiative, Ecosystem Services in Chalk Streams and Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation before concluding with the respected awards.

The winning dissertation entitled, ‘Watercress derived isothiocyanates: A study to determine the impacts of trace levels of phenethyl isothiocyanate on early stages of brown trout (Salmo trutta)’ explores the impact of a natural chemical in watercress (called PEITC) on preventing infections in trout eggs.

The 2018 dissertation prize is the first of its kind to be awarded and aims to recognise the work of any individual involved in improving knowledge of upper chalk river catchments.

Dr. Adrian Love, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies Lecturer commented, “To be nominated for the award is a fantastic achievement for any student; for an undergraduate to be nominated is exceptional; for an undergraduate to win is truly extraordinary. It is a huge credit to Alex for all his hard work and a brilliant accolade for the research taking part at University Centre Sparsholt.”

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