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Tetsuzan Benny Ron

Phone: 808-956-6456
Fax: 808-956-4024
Office: Ag. Sciences 302A
Email: bennyron@hawaii.edu


Specialties

Extension and training in aquaculture and animal sciences, workforce development, comparative endocrinology, environmental physiology and biorhythm, genetics and breeding programs, food security and aquaponics, STEM education, marine biology and biotechnology, Hawaiian fishponds, mariculture and CMSP.

Educational Background

Graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Animal Science and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Zoology


Projects

AquacultureHub
  •  September 2009 to Present 
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  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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    AquacultureHub is a unique social network that will allow everyone who has an interest in feeding the world via aquaculture to educate, learn, share and be engaged with other people who have similar interests.
    Our goal is to help advance the development and implementation of aquaculture programs that promote food security and food safety, involving collaboration between both internal and external entities relevant to Hawai'i's movement towards sustainable aquaculture.
     

    Aquaculture Training On-Line Learning (ATOLL)

    •  January 2012 to Present 
    • University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    This exciting new series of online courses in the fundamental science of farming aquatic animals and plants is intended for students from high school age and up. Designed to introduce fish farming to those interested in pursuing employment or in beginning their own backyard fish farm, distinguished UH and visiting faculty provide cutting edge information through a series of powerful video presentations. Stop paying high prices for fish or vegetables - you can grow your own. Feed your family - or an entire village - by learning the science behind fish farming and aquaponics.

    The program features engaging videos, digital games, and a dedicated social network for students in the program. Students who complete all courses and a final examination may apply to participate in a post-course internship with a mentor at an aquaculture facility near where they live.

    This program is made available and affordable by a generous grant from NOAA. Scholarships are available. Visit the program website at http://videolearning.uhatoll.com/. For more information, call (808) 956-9899 or email uhaqua@hawaii.edu.


    Courses Offered

    ANSC 201 Principles and Practices of Animal Science (3) Biology, behavior and management of animals of economic and social importance. Topics include physiology, genetics, nutrition, reproduction, behavior, care and management to achieve productivity, performance and welfare (lecture, discussion and field trips). DB
    In collaboration with Dr. CN Lee and Dr. Spencer Malecha, I will be teaching the Aquaculture Section of the above course during Spring 2013.
     
    ANSC 472 Endocrinology of Domestic Animals (3) Physiology of secretion and actions of hormones of pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, parathyroid, thymus, other endocrine organs excluding reproduction. Pre: 301. DB 
    Will be offered during Fall 2013. 

    Professional Interests

    Extension and training in aquaculture and animal sciences, workforce development, comparative endocrinology, environmental physiology and biorhythm, genetics and breeding programs, food security and aquaponics, STEM education, marine biology and biotechnology, Hawaiian fishponds, mariculture and CMSP.

    Selected Publications

    Vandeputte M., Garouste, R., Dupont-Nivet, M., Haffray, P., Vergnet, A.,Chavanne, H., Laureau, S., Ron, T. B., Pagelson, G., Mazorra, C., Ricoux, R.,Marques, P., Gameiro, M., and Chatain, B., 2014. Multi-site evaluation of the rearing performances of 5 wild populations of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax).Aquaculture, 424-425, 239-248.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2014.01.005
     
    Khedkar, G. D., Tiknaik, A., Shinde, R., Kalyankar, A. D., Ron, T. B., Haymer, D.,2014. High rates of substitution of the native catfish Clarias batrachus by Clarias gariepinus in India. Mitochondrial DNA, 25, 1-6. DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2014.905863
     
    Khedkar, T., Rashmi, S., Tiknaik, A. D., Khedkar, G. D., Bhagwat, N., Ron, T. B.,Haymer, D., 2014. DNA barcoding using exuviates made snake biodiversity studieseasy. Mitochondrial DNA. DOI:10.3109/19401736.2014.905830
     
    Khedkar, G. D., Tiknaik, A. D., Kalyankar, A. D., Ron, T. B., Haymer, D., (under review). India's third longest river system, the Narmada is genetically fragmented.SpringerPlus.
     
    Khedkar, G. D., Tiknaik, A. D., Kalyankar, A. C., Reddy, A. C., Khedkar, C. D.,Ron, T. B., and Haymer, D., (under review). Genetic structure of populations and conservation issues relating to an endangered catfish in India: Clarias batrachus.PLOS ONE.
     
    Khedkar, G. D., Reddy, A. C., Ron, T. B., and Haymer, D., 2013. High levels of genetic diversity in Penaeus monodon populations from the east coast of India. SpringerPlus 2:671 DOI:10.1186/2193-1801-2-671.
     
    Becker, P., Burnell, G., and Ron, T.B.,  2012. Using GIS to Improve Coastal Marine Spatial Planning - Building Community-Based CMSP Programs with GIS Maps of Local and Regional Coastal Usage Patterns. Sea Technology Aug 29-35.
     
    Hulata, G., and Ron, B., 2009. Genetic improvement of finfish. In: New technologies in aquaculture: Improving production efficiency, quality and environmental management Edited by G. Burnell, University College Cork, Ireland and G. Allan, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia. Woodhead Publishing Limited. ISBN 1 84569 384 1 ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 384 8, 1232 pages.
     
    Zilberman-Peled, B. Appelbaum, L., Vallone, D., Foulkes, N.S., Anava, S., Anzulovich, A., Coon, S.L., Klein, D.C., Falcón, J., Ron, B., and Gothilf, Y., 2007. Transcriptional regulation of arylalkylamine-N-acetyltransferase-2 gene in the pineal gland of the gilthead geabream. J. Neuroendocrinol. 19, 1-8.
     
    Ron, B., 2006. Effects of genetic and environmental factors on sex differentiation in the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh 58(4), 366-372.
     
    Zilberman-Peled, B., Ron, B., Gross, A., Finberg, J.P.M., and Gothilf, Y., 2006. A possible new role for fish retinal serotonin-N-acetyltransferase-1 (AANAT1): Dopamine metabolism. Brain Research 1073-1074:220-228.
     
    Ron, B., 2004. In vitro melatonin rhythm reveals a clocked pineal in the European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh 56(4), 281-285.
     
    Zilberman-Peled, B., Benhar, I., Coon, S.L., Ron, B., and Gothilf, Y., 2004. Duality of serotonin-N-acetyltransferase in the gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata): Molecular cloning and characterization of recombinant enzymes. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 138:139-147.
     
    Bressler K., and Ron, B., 2004. Effect of anesthetics on stress and the innate immune system of gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh 56(1), 5-13.
     
    Gorshkov, S., Meiri I., Rosenfeld, H., Ben-Atia, S., Lutzki, S., Peduel, A., Ron, B., Skvortzov, A., Gorshkova, G., and Tandler, A., 2003. Parental effects on sex ratios in progeny of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh 55(4), 265-273.
     
    Falcón, J., Galarneau, K. M., Weller, J. L., Ron, B., Chen, G., Coon, S. L.  and D. C. Klein, 2001. Regulation of Arylalkylamine N-Acetyltransferase-2 (AANAT2, EC 2.3.1.87) in the Fish Pineal Organ: Evidence for a Role of Proteasomal Proteolysis. Endocrinology 142:1804-1813.
     
    Ron, B., and Okimoto, D. K., 1999. Melatonin release from the pineals of two sparids: Sparus aurata and Acanthopagrus bifasciatus. Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 460:73-77. 
     
    Gaildrat, P., Ron, B. and Falcón, J., 1998. Daily and circadian variations in 2-iodo-[125I]-melatonin binding sites in the pike brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 10:511-517.
     
    Ron, B., Zohar, Y., Borski, R. J., Young, G., and Grau, E. G., 1996. Effects of permanent dorsal aorta cannulation on plasma cortisol and hematological constituents in the euryhaline tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus. Aquaculture 135:134-144. 
     
    Ron, B., Shimoda, K. S., Iwama, G. K ., and Grau, E. G., 1995. Relationships among ration, salinity, 17α-methyltestosterone and growth in the euryhaline tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus. Aquaculture 135:185-193.

    Languages

    English and Hebrew