A new phase in DEB research

Starrlight Augustine*, Sebastiaan A.L.M. Kooijman

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    This editorial gives a general introduction to Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory, a short description of the state of the art, an introduction to the various contributions to this 6th special issue on DEB research and a short outlook.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of sea research
    Early online date14 Jun 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


    The creation of this 6th special issue on DEB theory is possible thanks to the international research project FREE: “FRamework for integrating Eco-physiological and Ecotoxicological data into ecosystem based management tools.” Many of the studies herein have been presented and discussed at the 2017 DEB school and Symposium (http://deb.akvaplan.com/symposium.html). The FREE project (2016–2018) is a natural follow-up to the aquaDEB project (2007–2011, http://www.ifremer.fr/aquadeb/). AquaDEB was formed after the 2001 edition of the DEB course, resulted in 3 special issues, and initialized the very first international DEB symposium in 2009, Brest. Scientists involved in these earlier initiatives coalesced over time into nodes of an international network of expertise, known as the DEBnet. The network continuously develops and applies DEB theory for practical applications in fisheries, aquaculture, eco-toxicity, pharmacology, medicine, biotechnology, sewage water purification, sustainable development, and economics. The focus of the FREE project (http://deb.akvaplan.com/free.html) is on synergizing these areas of expertise with the aim to develop a scientific basis for “ecosystem-based management” approaches for biomes of system earth (oceans, forests, deserts etc.). We therefore acknowledge the generous support of the Norwegian science council (NFR 255295, 268237) with respect to this new phase of international DEB research and training activities; thereby providing the means for inter-disciplinary cross-fertilization of applied and fundamental research. We are grateful for the active and critical contribution of the entire FREE consortium and all who contributed to the DEB 2017 school & symposium and AmP collection. Finally we extend our thanks to Michael R. Kearney, guest editor of this DEB special issue, and two anonymous referees for comments and feedback which improved this Ms.

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    Norwegian Science CouncilNFR 255295, 268237


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