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From streams to breakthroughs: SCELSE’s expert shares his aquaculture journey in Lianhe Zaobao

Dr Loo Poh Leong, SCELSE research fellow, feeding the fish with the innovative fishmeal produced with microbial protein from soybean processing wastewater. Photo credits: SCELSE

  • Featured
  • 24 May 2024

English translated text from Lianhe Zaobao story:

From fishing in Malaysian streams as a child to becoming a PhD in aquaculture biotechnology and developing new fish feed in Singapore, Dr Loo Poh Leong has been deeply connected with fish for over 30 years.

Dr Loo, 40, a research fellow at SCELSE, spends nearly five hours daily interacting with fish. He developed the new fish feed using microbial protein from soybean processing wastewater.

For over 16 years, Dr Loo has meticulously monitored fish health by feeding them, measuring water conditions, and observing their appearance and behaviour. Diagnosing fish diseases is challenging, requiring careful differentiation between natural colour variations and symptoms.

Dr Loo’s expertise extends to both edible and ornamental fish. His passion was influenced by his father’s passion for fishkeeping. He credits his wife for her unwavering support over the past 11 years.

Read the Chinese story featured in ZaoBao.