Biosystems engineer earns research award

By Peter Kent

AquacultureBiosystems engineer David E. Brune was selected for the 2006 Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research. Each year, one Clemson scientist receives the honor for research that makes an outstanding contribution to improve the lives of South Carolinians.

In 1987, Brune launched a groundbreaking research program to modify traditional fish-farming by using a new design called the partitioned aquaculture system (PAS). The research has become an interdisciplinary effort involving faculty, staff and graduate students in three academic areas.

Clemson’s aquaculture team has demonstrated that the process can produce catfish yields three to four times higher than conventional methods, using one-eighth as much water. The process has been patented and is used by commercial growers in the U.S. and several foreign countries, as well as by other agricultural experiment stations around the nation.

Now, Brune is using the system to raise shrimp. The process not only increases production but also treats the waste and restores the system’s water quality. He also is studying how algae can be used to generate energy.

For information: David Brune, 864-656-4068,