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Vakgroep Morfologie (UGent)
www.morfologie.ugent.be/
www.ugent.be/di/morfologie/nl/contactinfo-vakgroep-morfologie/medewerkers-vakgroep-morfologie/departments?ugentid=DI03

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English name: Department of Morphology
Parent institute: Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Diergeneeskunde (UGent), more
Address:
Salisburylaan 133
9820 Merelbeke
Belgium

Tel.: +32-(0)9-264 77 11
Fax: +32-(0)9-264 77 90
 

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Abstract:
The department of Morphology of Ghent University studies the physique of animals, especially of pets, horses and farm animals kept for food production (including aquaculture) and of marine animals such as marine fish and invertebrates. The department’s scientific expertise is made available to the public by organising numerous courses and by the provision of advice services to veterinarians, clinicians and educational and research institutes in Belgium and abroad.

The department is subdivided into three units: Anatomy, Histology and Embryology. The research projects of the department of Morphology focus on the following disciplines: tonsillar immunomorphology, anatomy of the circulatory system, mechanisms of angiogenesis during embryonic development and aquatic veterinary medicine.

Within the aquatic veterinary medicine branch, the following marine topics are studied:
- The gastrointestinal development of fish larvae, with special attention for the microbial flora;
- The interactions between microorganisms with probiotic effects/prebiotics on the one hand and the host (larvae of marine fish species (sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)/sole (Solea solea)) and nauplii of the fairy shrimp) on the other hand. The use of pro- and prebiotics still gains popularity in aquaculture practices despite the fact that their activity in larvae is still unknown. Consequently, there is an increasing scientific and practical interest in unraveling the host-microbial interactions in early larval stages;
- Research on electric pulse fishing as an environmentally-friendly fishing method in the North Sea, with emphasis on studying the effects of pulses on a representative group of marine organisms over the different life stages (eggs, larvae, juveniles, adults).

For the first two research topics, the department of Morphology collaborates with the Artemia Reference Center (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent) and the department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases (Faculty Veterinary Medicine, UGent). For the third research discipline, this department collaborates with the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and the department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases. In the future, the department also intends to focus on the wellbeing of fish (e.g. identification and impact of chronic stress), alternative fishing methods and veterinary medical support in marine research projects. The group also aspires to study health indicators of wild-caught marine organisms using microbial and microscopic techniques in cooperation with ILVO and the department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases. The department of Morphology is also part of the UGent Aquaculture R&D consortium, the IOF consortium Aquaculture Ghent University and the Marine@UGent consortium.

The Morphology Museum is also part of this department. The museum manages a didactic and research collection in the comparative morphology of vertebrates. The emphasis lies on the museum objects of classic pets, horses and farm animals. The museum has extensive expertise in conservation techniques of organic specimens. Worldwide, there is a need for unambiguous protocols regarding conservations techniques for mammalian skeletons in natural historical collections. Therefore, the museum also focuses on this research domain and has established an intensive collaboration with the Operantional Directorate Natural Environment (RBINS) regarding this topic. The museum is furthermore involved in the recovery and conservation of stranded marine mammals along the Belgian coast.

Publications (49)  Top | Persons | Projects 
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  • Peer reviewed article Desender, M.; Chiers, K.; Polet, H.; Verschueren, B.; Saunders , J.H.; Ampe, B.; Mortensen, A.; Puvanendran, V.; Decostere, A. (2016). Short-term effect of pulsed direct current on various species of adult fish and its implication in pulse trawling for brown shrimp in the North Sea. Fish. Res. 179: 90-97. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.02.018, more
  • Peer reviewed article Rekecki, A.; Meeus, W.; Chiers, K.; Adriaen, J.; Boyen, F.; Declercq, A.M.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Decostere, A. (2016). Swimbladder hyperinflation in burbot Lota lota L. larvae. Aquac. Res. 47(2): 673-676. dx.doi.org/10.1111/are.12499, more
  • Peer reviewed article Schaeck, M.; De Swaef, E.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Van Nevel, S.; Boon, N.; De Geyter, N.; Morent, R.; Demeestere, K.; Duchateau, L.; Coulombet, C.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2016). Germ-free sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax larval model: a valuable tool in the study of host-microbe interactions. Dis. Aquat. Org. 117(3): 177-185. dx.doi.org/10.3354/dao02950, more
  • Peer reviewed article Schaeck, M.; Duchateau, L.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Van Trappen, S.; De Vos, P.; Coulombet, C.; Boon, N.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2016). Vibrio lentus protects gnotobiotic sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.) larvae against challenge with Vibrio harveyi. Vet. Microbiol. 185: 41-48. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.01.024, more
  • Peer reviewed article Schaeck, M.; De Spiegelaere, W.; De Craene, J.; Van Den Broeck, W.; De Spiegeleer, B.; Burvenich, C.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2016). Laser capture microdissection of intestinal tissue from sea bass larvae using an optimized RNA integrity assay and validated reference genes. NPG Scientific Reports 6: 21092. dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep21092, more
  • Peer reviewed article Soetaert, M.; Decostere, A.; Verschueren, B.; Saunders, J.; Van Caelenberge; Puvanendran, V.; Mortensen, A.; Duchateau, L.; Polet, H.; Chiers, K. (2016). Side-effects of electrotrawling: Exploring the safe operating space for Dover sole (Solea solea L.) and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.). Fish. Res. 177: 95-103. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.01.019, more
  • Peer reviewed article Uhlmann, S.; Theunynck, R.; Ampe, B.; Desender, M.; Soetaert, M.; Depestele, J. (2016). Injury, reflex impairment, and survival of beam-trawled flatfish. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 73(4): 1244-1254. hdl.handle.net/10.1093/icesjms/fsv252, more
  • Peer reviewed article Declercq, A.M.; Chiers, K.; Soetaert, M.; Lasa, A.; Romalde, J.; Polet, H.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2015). Vibrio tapetis isolated from vesicular skin lesions in Dover sole Solea solea. Dis. Aquat. Org. 115(1): 81-86. dx.doi.org/10.3354/dao02880, more
  • Peer reviewed article Najdegerami, H; Baruah, K.; Shiri, A.; Rekecki, A.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Sorgeloos, P.; Boon, N.; Bossier, P.; De Schryver, P. (2015). Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) larvae fed Artemia nauplii enriched with poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB): effect on growth performance, body composition, digestive enzymes, gut microbial community, gut histology and stress tests. Aquac. Res. 46(4): 801-812. dx.doi.org/10.1111/are.12231, more
  • Peer reviewed article Soetaert, M.; Chiers, K.; Duchateau, L.; Polet, H.; Verschueren, B.; Decostere, A. (2015). Determining the safety range of electrical pulses for two benthic invertebrates: brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.) and ragworm (Alitta virens S.). ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 72(3): 973-980. dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu176, more
  • Peer reviewed article De Vreese, S.; Doom, M.; Haelters, J.; Cornillie, P. (2014). The external ear canal of cetaceans: vestigial or not? Vlaams Diergeneeskd. Tijdschr. 83(6): 284-292, more
  • Peer reviewed article Declercq, A.M.; Chiers, K.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Rekecki, A.; Teerlinck, S.; Adriaens, D.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2014). White necrotic tail tips in estuary seahorses, Hippocampus kuda, Bleeker. J. Fish Dis. 37(5): 501-504. dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfd.12138, more
  • Peer reviewed article Declercq, A.M.; Boyen, F.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Bossier, P.; Karsi, A.; Haesebrouck, F.; Decostere, A. (2013). Antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of Flavobacterium columnare isolates collected worldwide from 17 fish species. J. Fish Dis. 36(1): 45-55. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2761.2012.01410.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Doom, M.; Cornillie, P.; Gielen, I.; Haelters, J. (2013). Impact of noise pollution on sea mammals. Vlaams Diergeneeskd. Tijdschr. 82(5): 265-272, more
  • Peer reviewed article Rekecki, A.; Ringø, E.; Olsen, R.; Myklebust, R.; Dierckens, K.; Bergh, Ø; Laureau, S.; Cornelissen, M.; Ducatelle, R.; Decostere, A.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2013). Luminal uptake of Vibrio (Listonella) anguillarum by shed enterocytes - a novel early defence strategy in larval fish. J. Fish Dis. 36(4): 419-426. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/jfd.12009, more
  • Peer reviewed article Schaeck, M.; Van den Broeck, W.; Hermans, K.; Decostere, A. (2013). Fish as research tools: alternatives to in vivo experiments. ATLA. Altern. lab. anim. 41(3): 219-229, more
  • Peer reviewed article Asanka Gunasekara, R.A.Y.S.; Casteleyn, C.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2012). Comparative stereological study of the digestive tract of Artemia franciscana nauplii fed with yeasts differing in cell wall composition. Aquaculture 324-325: 64-69. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.10.014, more
  • Peer reviewed article Asanka Gunasekara, R.A.Y.S.; Defoirdt, T.; Rekecki, A.; Decostere, A.; Cornelissen, M.; Sorgeloos, P.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2012). Light and transmission electron microscopy of Vibrio campbellii infection in gnotobiotic Artemia franciscana and protection offered by a yeast mutant with elevated cell wall glucan. Vet. Microbiol. 158(3-4): 337-343. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.02.025, more
  • Peer reviewed article Niu, Y.; Defoirdt, T.; Rekecki, A.; De Schryver, P.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Dong, S.; Sorgeloos, P.; Boon, N.; Bossier, P. (2012). A method for the specific detection of resident bacteria in brine shrimp larvae. J. microbiol. methods 89(1): 33-37. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2012.02.004, more
  • Peer reviewed article Rekecki, A.; Gunasekara, R.A.Y.S.A.; Dierckens, K.; Laureau, S.; Boon, N.; Favoreel, H.; Cornelissen, M.; Sorgeloos, P.; Ducatelle, R.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2012). Bacterial host interaction of GFP-labelled Vibrio anguillarum HI-610 with gnotobiotic sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax (L.), larvae. J. Fish Dis. 35(4): 265-273. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1365-2761.2011.01342.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Van den Broeck, W. (2012). Corrigendum to “Morphological characteristics of the digestive tract of gnotobiotic Artemia franciscana nauplii” [Aquaculture 321 (2011) 1-7]. Aquaculture 330-333: 189-189. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.11.041, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vanheule, D.; Nevejan, N.; Chiers, K.; Meeus, W.; Harzevili, A.S.; Van Den Broeck, W.; De Charleroy, D.; Decostere, A. (2012). Hydrocephalus in burbot (Lota lota L.) larvae. Bull. Eur. Assoc. Fish Pathol. 32(3): 87-93, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verhaegen, B.; Reckecki, A.; Decostere, A.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2012). Knelpunten in aquacultuur: enkele risicovolle aspecten van de vroege levensstadia van de vis = Bottlenecks in aquaculture: some risky aspects of early life stages of fish. Vlaams Diergeneeskd. Tijdschr. 81(2): 63-69, more
  • Peer reviewed article Gunasekara, R.A.Y.S.A.; Rekecki, A.; Cornillie, P.; Cornelissen, M.; Sorgeloos, P.; Simoens, P.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2011). Morphological characteristics of the digestive tract of gnotobiotic Artemia franciscana nauplii. Aquaculture 321(1-2): 1-7. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.07.037, more
  • Peer reviewed article Gunasekara, R.A.Y.S.A.; Rekecki, A.; Baruah, K.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2010). Evaluation of probiotic effect of Aeromonas hydrophila on the development of the digestive tract of germ-free Artemia franciscana nauplii. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 393(1-2): 78-82. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2010.07.006, more
  • Peer reviewed article Tindemans, D.; Rekecki, A.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2010). Ontwikkeling van het maagdarmstelsel bij het zeepaardje (Hippocampus erectus P.). Vlaams Diergeneeskd. Tijdschr. 79(3): 207-212, more
  • Peer reviewed article Dierckens, K.; Rekecki, A.; Laureau, S.; Sorgeloos, P.; Boon, N.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Bossier, P. (2009). Development of a bacterial challenge test for gnotobiotic sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) larvae. Environ. Microbiol. 11(2): 526-533. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01794.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Phuoc, L.H.; Corteel, M.; Thanh, N.C.; Nauwynck, H.J.; Pensaert, M.B.; Alday-Sanz, V.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Sorgeloos, P.; Bossier, P. (2009). Effect of dose and challenge routes of Vibrio spp. on co-infection with white spot syndrome virus in Penaeus vannamei. Aquaculture 290(1-2): 61-68. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2009.02.004, more
  • Peer reviewed article Rekecki, A.; Dierckens, K.; Laureau, S.; Boon, N.; Bossier, P.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2009). Effect of germ-free rearing environment on gut development of larval sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.). Aquaculture 293(1-2): 8-15. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2009.04.001, more
  • Peer reviewed article Phuoc, L.H.; Corteel, M.; Nauwynck, H.J.; Pensaert, M.B.; Alday-Sanz, V.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Sorgeloos, P.; Bossier, P. (2008). Increased susceptibility of white spot syndrome virus-infected Litopenaeus vannamei to Vibrio campbellii. Environ. Microbiol. 10(10): 2718-2727. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01692.x, more
  • Deprez, T.; Bossier, P.; Cattrijsse, A.; Chiers, K.; De Clerck, O.; Decostere, A.; Deneudt, K.; De Troch, M.; Hernandez, F.; Mascart, T.; Moens, T.; Tkint, T. (2016). EMBRC.be – The Belgian node of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication, 75: pp. 49, more
  • Haelters, J.; Dabin, W.D.; Doom, M.; Kerckhof, F.; Steyaert, A.; Jauniaux, T. (2016). Grey seals Halichoerus grypus choking on common sole Solea solea, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication, 75: pp. 58, more
  • Vercauteren, M.; Declercq, A.; De Swaef, E.; Devriese, L.; Polet, H.; Decostere, A.; Chiers, K. (2016). Role of Vibrio tapetis in the development of skin ulceration in common dab (Limanda limanda), in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Scientist Day. Brugge, Belgium, 12 February 2016. VLIZ Special Publication, 75: pp. 131, more
  • Desender, M.; Chiers, K.; Polet, H.; Verschueren, B.; Saunders, J.H.; Mortensen, A.; Puvanendran, V.; Decostere, A. (2015). Electrotrawling for brown shrimp: short-term effects on various adult fish species, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 20 February 2015. VLIZ Special Publication, 71: pp. 60, more
  • Devriese, L.; Soetaert, M.; Desender, M.; Chiers, K.; Decostere, A.; Polet, H. (2015). Huidzweren bij vissen in het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee: Trends in prevalentie en exploratie van mogelijke oorzaken. ILVO-Mededeling, 188. ILVO: Merelbeke. 20 pp., more
  • Soetaert, M.; Verschueren, B.; Polet, H.; Decostere, A.; Chiers, K. (2015). Electrifying a Benthos Release Panel to retain sole, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 20 February 2015. VLIZ Special Publication, 71: pp. 118, more
  • De Swaef, E.; Schaeck, M.; Van Den Broeck, W.; Bossier, P.; Dierckens, K.; Decostere, A. (2014). Gnotobiotic models for seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and Dover sole (Solea solea): the chain is only as strong as its weakest link…, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 7 March 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 67: pp. 41, more
  • Depestele, J.; Buyvoets, E.; Calebout, P.; Desender, M.; Goossens, J.; Lagast, E.; Vuylsteke, D.; Vanden Berghe, C. (2014). Calibration tests for identifying reflex action mortality predictor reflexesfor sole (Solea solea) and plaice (Pleuronectes platessa): Preliminary results. ILVO Mededeling, 158. Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO): Oostende. 30 pp., more
  • Desender, M.; Chiers, K.; Verschueren, B.; Polet, H.; Duchateau, L.; Velmurugu, P.; Mortensen, A.; Decostere, A. (2014). Electrical trawling for brown shrimp: Impact on young life stages in nurseries & spawning areas. Poster at the VLIZ Young Scientist's Day 7 March 2014. ILVO/Ghent University/NOFIMA: Gent, Tromsø . 1 poster pp., more
  • Desender, M.; Chiers, K.; Verschueren, B.; Polet, H.; Duchateau, L.; Velmurugu, P.; Mortensen, A.; Decostere, A. (2014). Electrical trawling for brown shrimp: Impact on young life stages in nurseries and spawning areas?, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 7 March 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 67: pp. 53, more
  • Schaeck, M.; Decostere, A.; De Swaef, E.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2014). Probiotics as biological control agent in sea bass larviculture, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 7 March 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 67: pp. 92, more
  • Schaeck, M.; Decostere, A.; Van Den Broeck, W. (2013). Beneficial effects of probionts in marine fish larvae and their modes of action, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. Brugge, Belgium, 15 February 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 63: pp. 82, more
  • Soetaert, M.; Polet, H.; Decostere, A.; Chiers, K. (2013). The impact of electrotrawls on marine organisms, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. Brugge, Belgium, 15 February 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 63: pp. 86, more
  • Desender, M.; Polet, H.; Chiers, K.; Soetaert, M.; Decostere, A. (2012). Evaluation of the impact of electro shrimp trawl fishery, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts - VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. Brugge, Belgium, 24 February 2012. VLIZ Special Publication, 55: pp. 29, more
  • Desender, M.; Polet, H.; Chiers, K.; Soetaert, M.; Decostere, A. (2012). Evaluation of the impact of electro shrimp trawl fishery. Poster presentation. ILVO: Oostende. 1 poster pp., more
  • Desender, M.; Verschueren, B.; Soetaert, M.; Polet, H.; Chiers, K.; Decostere, A. (2012). Evaluation of the impact of pulse fishery on a selection of North Sea fish & invertebrates. CM Documents - ICES, CM 2012(C:24). International Council for the Exploration of the Sea: Copenhagen. 1 pp., more
  • Soetaert, M.; Polet, H.; Decostere, A.; Desender, M.; Chiers, K. (2012). Flatfish fishery: impact & challenges. Poster presentation. ILVO: Oostende. 1 poster pp., more
  • Soetaert, M.; Polet, H.; Decostere, A.; Desender, M.; Chiers, K. (2012). Flatfish fishery: impact & challenges, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts - VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. Brugge, Belgium, 24 February 2012. VLIZ Special Publication, 55: pp. 75, more
  • Chiers, K.; Verschueren, B.; Decostere, A.; Vercauteren, G.; Polet, H. (2010). Effects of low-frequency pulsed direct current on captive-housed sea fish. Poster presented at the 28th Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology and European College of Veterinary Pathologists, ESVP/ECVP2010 , 8-11 September 2010 Belgrade, Serbia . Universiteit Gent. Faculteit Diergeneeskunde: Gent. 1 poster pp., more

Projects (3)  Top | Persons | Publications 
  • EMBRC: European Marine Biological Resource Centre - Belgium, more
  • Marine@Ugent: UGent Marine Sciences Center of Excellence, more
  • UGent Aquaculture R&D Consortium, more

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