Nicola Pontefract
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Nicola Pontefract

Weekend Duty Technician (Main Campus)

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

Aquarium Technician and Research Assistant in Aquatic Health and Nutrition - https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/environmental-and-applied-biology-research-group/fish-health-and-nutrition

Qualifications

  • BSc (HONS) Marine biology
  • MSc (Distinction) Sustainable aquaculture systems
  • PhD biological sciences. Thesis title "Effects of dietary additives on growth performance, immunity and mucosal barrier defences of salmonids"


  • Professional membership


    Research

    Research

    Research interests

    My research interests primarily focus on the immune-nutrition of aquatic animals, namely the effect of functional feed additive and alternative protein ingredient supplementation on host mucosal health and immunological status.

    Publications

    Publications

    Journals

    • Leclercq E, Pontefract N, Rawling M, Valdenegro V, Aasum E, Andujar LV, Migaud H, Castex M & Merrifield D (2020) 'Dietary supplementation with a specific mannan-rich yeast parietal fraction enhances the gut and skin mucosal barriers of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and reduces its susceptibility to sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis)' Aquaculture 529, 735701-735701https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0044848620311182?via%3Dihub
    • Rawling MD, Pontefract N, Rodiles A, Anagnostara I, Leclercq E, Schiavone M, Castex M & Merrifield DL (2019) 'The effect of feeding a novel multistrain yeast fraction on European seabass (Dicentrachus labrax) intestinal health and growth performance' Journal of the World Aquaculture Society https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jwas.12591