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Department of Animal Sciences
The Robert H. Smith Faculty
of Agricultural, Food & Environment

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489119;
Fax: +972-(0)8-9465763;
Yael Lewitus, Department's Secretary
e-mail: yaellew@savion.huji.ac.il

List of Publications

Chapters in Collections (peer reviewed)

  1. van Rijn, J., Shilo, M., Bejerano, I. and S. Nizan. 1990. The effect of inorganic nitrogen compounds on microorganisms and fish in fish ponds. In: H.Rosenthal and S. Sarig (eds.). Research in Modern Aquaculture. Spec. Publ. no. 11, Europ. Aquacult. Soc., Bredene, Belgium, pp. 3-27.
  2. van Rijn, J. and H. Sich. 1992. Nitrite accumulation by denitrifying bacteria isolated from fluidized bed reactors operated in an aquaculture unit. In: B. Moav, V.Hilge and H. Rosenthal (eds.). Progress in Aquaculture Research. Publ. no. 7, Europ. Aquacult. Soc., Bredene, Belgium, pp. 39-55.
  3. Sich, H. and J. van Rijn. 1992. Distribution of bacteria in a biofilter-equipped,semi-closed intensive fish culture unit. In: B. Moav, V. Hilge and H. Rosenthal (eds.). Progress in Aquaculture Research. Spec. Publ. no. 17, Europ. Aquacult. Soc., Bredene, Belgium, pp. 55-79.
  4. van Rijn, J. and H. Sich. 1995. Studies on a biological treatment system for closed,intensive fish culture. In: Rosenthal, H., Moav, B. and H. Gordin (eds.) Improving the Knowledge Base in Modern Aquaculture. Spec. Publ. no. 25, Europ. Aquacult. Soc., Bredene, Belgium, pp. 15-38.
  5. Sich, H. and J. van Rijn. 1995. C/N-ratios of particulate matter used as internal carbon source for denitrification in intensive aquaculture units. In: Rosenthal, H., Moav, B. and H. Gordin (eds.) Improving the Knowledge Base in Modern Aquaculture. Spec. Publ. no. 25, Europ. Aquacult. Soc., Bredene, Belgium, pp. 39-56.
  6. van Rijn, J. 1996. Biological removal of inorganic nitrogen and organic matter in closed, intensive fish culture systems. In : Rosen, D., Tel-Or, E., Hadar, Y. and Y. Chen (eds.). Modern Agriculture and the Environment. Kluwer Academic Publs., Lancaster, U.K., pp. 195-211.
  7. van Rijn, J. and Y. Barak. 1998. Denitrification in recirculating aquaculture systems:From biochemistry to biofilter. Proceeding of the Second International conference on Recirculating Aquaculture. Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, pp. 179-187.
  8. Muir, J.F., van Rijn, J., and J. Hargreaves. 2000. Tilapia production in intensive and recycled systems. In: Beveridge, M.C.M. and B.J. McAndrew (eds.). Tilapias: Biology and Exploitation. Kluwer Academic Publs., Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 405-445.
  9. Tal, Y., van Rijn, J. and A. Nussinovitch. 2000. Starch as a filler, matrix enhancer and a carbon source in freeze-dried, denitrifying alginate beads. In: K. Nishinari (ed.).Hydrocolloids, Part 1: Physical Chemistry and Industrial Application of Gels, Polysaccharides, and Proteins. Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
  10. Kokkinakis, A.K, Neori, A., van Rijn, J, Eleftheriadis, E., Poulton, S.W, Krom, M.D. 2002. Water quality fluctuations in a closed recirculating aquaculture system for the intensive rearing of the sea bream Sparus aurata. In: Chatziefstathiou, M. (ed.). International Conference on Agriculture, Fisheries Technology and Environmental Management, Athens, Greece, CAFT-EM2002: 1-10
  11. Tal, Y., Yechezkel, E., van Rijn, J. and H. J. Schreier. 2004. Characterization and abundance of anaerobic ammonia oxidizing (anammox) bacteria in biofilters of recirculated aquaculture systems. Proceedings of the 5th International Conf. of Recirculating Aquaculture, Roanoke, Virginia, July, 2004, pp. 332-338
  12. Shafir, S., van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevich. 2006. A mid water coral nursery. Proceedings of the 10th Inter. Coral Reef Symp. (ICRS), Naha, Okinawa, Japan, June 28 - July 2, 2004, pp.1674-1679.
  13. Guttman, L. and J. van Rijn. 2008. Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol elimination in a recirculating aquaculture system: biological and chemical processes. Proceeding of the 8th IWA Symp. on Off-Flavours in the Aquatic Environment, Daejeon, Korea, October 5-9, pp. 232-244.
  14. van Rijn, J. 2007. Denitrification. In: Timmons, M.B, Ebeling, J.M., Wheaton,F.W., Summerfelt, S.T. and B.J. Vinci (Eds.). Recirculating Aquaculture systems (2nd ed.). Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center, Cayuga Aqua Venture, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  15. Koven, W.M., Harpaz, S., van Rijn, J. and N. Mozes. (in press). Aquaculture in Israel: Current status and innovative approaches. In: I.S. Azad and S. Al-Ablani (Eds.). Aquaculture in the Middle East and North Africa: Status and Research Needs. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.

Review Articles (peer reviewed)

  1. van Rijn, J. 1996. The potential for integrated biological treatment systems in recirculating fish culture - A review. Aquaculture 139:181-201.
  2. van Rijn, J., Tal, Y. and H.J. Schreier. 2005. Denitrification in recirculating systems: theory and applications. Aquacult. Engineer. 34: 364-376.
  3. van Rijn, J. Waste treatment in recirculating aquaculture systems. Aquacult. Engineer. 53: 49-56.

Articles (peer reviewed)

  1. Walsby, A.E, van Rijn, J. and Y. Cohen. 1983. The biology of a new gas-vacuolated cyanobacterium Dactylococcopsis salina sp. nov., in Solar Lake. Proc. Royal Soc. Lond. B. 217: 417-447.
  2. van Rijn, J. and Y. Cohen. 1983. Ecophysiology of the cyanobacterium Dactylococcopsis salina, Nov. sp. Effect of light intensity, sulphide and temperature. J. Gen. Microb. 129: 1849-1856.
  3. van Rijn, J. and M. Shilo. 1983. Buoyancy regulation in a natural population of Oscillatoria spp. in fish ponds. Limnol. and Oceanogr. 28: 1034-1037.
  4. van Rijn, J. and M. Shilo. 1985. Carbohydrate fluctuations, gas vacuolation and vertical migration of scum-forming cyanobacteria in fish ponds. Limnol. and Oceanogr. 30: 1219-1228.
  5. van Rijn, J. and M. Shilo. 1986. Nitrogen limitation in a natural population of cyanobacteria and its effect on macromolecular synthesis. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 52: 340-344.
  6. van Rijn, J., Stutz, R., Diab, S. and M. Shilo. 1986. Chemical, physical and biological parameters of superintensive concrete fish ponds. Bamidgeh 38: 35-43.
  7. van Rijn, J., Diab, S. and M. Shilo. 1988. Phytoplankton succession in relation to the nitrogen regime in shallow, brackish-water fish ponds. Arch. Hydrobiol.11: 183-196.
  8. Krom, M., Neori, A. and J. van Rijn. 1989. Importance of water flow rate in controlling water quality processes in marine and fresh water fish ponds. Isr. J. Aquacult.- Bamidgeh 41: 23-33.
  9. van Rijn, J. and G. Rivera. 1990. Aerobic and anaerobic biofiltration in an aquaculture unit: Nitrite accumulation as a result of nitrification and denitrification. Aquacult. Engineer. 9: 1-18.
  10. Lieberman, O.S., Shilo, M. and J. van Rijn. 1994. The physiological ecology of a freshwater dinoflagellate bloom population. 1. Vertical migration, nitrogen limitation and nutrient uptake kinetics. J. of Phycol. 30: 964-971.
  11. Arbiv, R. and J. van Rijn. 1995. Performance of a treatment system for inorganic nitrogen removal in intensive fish culture systems. Aquacult. Engineer. 14(2): 189-203.
  12. van Rijn, J., Fonarev, N. and B. Berkowitz. 1995. Anaerobic treatment of fish culture effluents: Digestion of fish feed and release of volatile fatty acids. Aquaculture 133: 9-20.
  13. Aboutboul, Y., Arbiv, R. and J. van Rijn. 1995. Anaerobic treatment of fish culture effluents: Volatile fatty acid mediated denitrification. Aquaculture 133: 21-32.
  14. Krom, M.D., Elner, S., van Rijn, J. and A. Neori. 1995. Nitrogen and phosphorus cycling and transformations in a prototype "non-polluting" integrated mariculture system, Eilat, Israel. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 118: 25-36.
  15. Nussinovitch, A., Aboutboul, Y., Gershon, Z. and J. van Rijn. 1996. Changes in mechanical, structural, and mechanical properties of entrapped P. stutzeri bacteria preparations. Biotechnol. Progress 12(1): 26-30.
  16. van Rijn, J., Tal, Y. and Y. Barak. 1996. Influence of volatile fatty acids on nitrite accumulation by a Pseudomonas stutzeri strain isolated from a denitrifying fluidized bed reactor. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 62(7): 2615-2620.
  17. Sich, H. and J. van Rijn. 1997. Scanning electron microscopy of biofilm formation in denitrifying fluidized-bed reactors. Wat. Res. 31: 733-742.
  18. Hurvitz, A., Bercovier, H. and J. van Rijn. 1997. Effect of ammonia on survival and immune-response of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, Walbaum) vaccinated against Streptococcus iniae. Fish & Shellfish Immunology 7: 45-53.
  19. van Rijn, J. and A. Nussinovitch. 1997. An empirical model for predicting degradation of organic matter in fish culture systems based on short-term observations. Aquaculture 154: 173-179.
  20. Tal, Y., van Rijn, J. and A. Nussinovitch 1997. Improvement of structural and mechanical properties of denitrifying alginate beads by freeze-drying. Biotechnol. Progress 13:788-793.
  21. Barak, Y., Tal, Y. and J. van Rijn. 1998. Light-mediated nitrite accumulation during denitrification by Pseudomonas sp. strain JR12. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 64 (3): 813-817.
  22. Tal, Y., van Rijn, J. and A. Nussinovitch. 1999. Improvement of mechanical and biological properties of freeze-dried denitrifying alginate beads by using starch as a filler and carbon source. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 51(6): 773-779.
  23. Dvir, O., van Rijn, J. and A. Neori. 1999. Nitrogen transformations and factors leading to nitrite accumulation in a hypertrophic marine fish culture system. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 181: 97-106.
  24. Barak, Y. and J. van Rijn. 2000. Biological phosphorus removal in a prototype recirculating aquaculture system. Aquacultural Engineering 22: 121-136.
  25. Barak, Y. and J. van Rijn. 2000. Atypical polyphosphate accumulation by the denitrifying bacterium Paracoccus denitrificans. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 66: 1209-1212.
  26. Barak, Y. and J. van Rijn. 2000. Relationship between nitrite reduction and active phosphate uptake in the phosphate-accumulating denitrifier Pseudomonas sp. JR 12. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 66 (12): 5236-5240.
  27. Tal, Y., Schwartsburd, B., Nussinovitch, A. and J. van Rijn. 2001. Enumeration and factors influencing the relative abundance of a denitrifier Pseudomonas sp. JR12, entrapped in alginate beads. Environmental Pollution 112: 99-106.
  28. Shafir, S., van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevich. 2001. Nubbing of coral colonies: a novel approach for the development of inland broodstocks. Aquarium Sciences and Conservation 3: 183-190.
  29. Krom, M.D., Neori, A., van Rijn, J., Poulton, S.W. and I.M. Davies. 2001. Working towards environmentally friendly marine agriculture. Ocean Challenge 10 (2): 22-27.
  30. Poulton, S.W., Krom, M.D., van Rijn, J. and R. Raiswell. 2002. The use of hydrous iron(III) oxides for the removal of hydrogen sulphide in aqueous systems. Wat. Res. 36: 825-834.
  31. Barak, Y., Yarmus, M. Shapiro, R. and J. van Rijn. 2002. Nitrite reduction in Paracoccus denitrificans is affected by a novel plasmid pYR1. FEMS Microbiology Letters 208: 111-116.
  32. Shnel, N., Barak, Y., Ezer, T., Dafni, Z., and J. van Rijn. 2002. Design and performance of a zero-discharge tilapia recirculating system. Aquacultural Engineering 26: 191-203.
  33. Poulton, S.W., Krom, M.D., van Rijn, J., Raiswell, R. and R. Bows. 2003. Detection and removal of dissolved hydrogen sulphide in flow-through systems via the sulphidation of hydrous iron(III) oxides. Environmental Technology 24: 217-229.
  34. Barak, Y., Cytryn, E., Gelfand, I., Krom, M. and J. van Rijn. 2003. Phosphate removal in a marine prototype recirculating aquaculture system. Aquaculture 220: 313-326.
  35. Cytryn, E., Barak, Y., Gelfand, I., van Rijn, J. and D. Minz. 2003.Diversity of microbial communities correlated to physiochemical parameters in a digestion basin of a zero-discharge mariculture system. Environ. Microbiol 5: 55-63.
  36. Tal, Y., Nussinovitch, A. and J. van Rijn. 2003. Nitrate removal in aquariums by immobilized denitrifiers. Biotechnol. Progress 19: 1019-1021.
  37. Gelfand, I., Barak Y., Even-Chen, Z., Cytryn, E., Krom, M., Neori, A. and J. van Rijn. 2003. A novel zero-discharge intensive seawater recirculating system for culture of marine fish. J. World Aquacult. Soc. 34: 344-358.
  38. Shafir, S., van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevich. 2003. The use of coral nubbins in coral reef eco-toxicological tests. Biomolecular Engineering 20: 401-406.
  39. Cytryn, E., Gelfand, I., Minz, D., Neori, A., Gieseke, A., de Beer, D.and J. van Rijn. 2005. Sulfide-oxidizing activity and bacterial community structure in a fluidized bed reactor from a zero-discharge mariculture system. Environ. Sci.Technol.39: 1802-1810.
  40. Cytryn, E., van Rijn, J., Schramm, A., Gieseke, A., de Beer, D. and D.Minz. 2005. Identification of bacterial communities potentially responsible for oxic and anoxic sulfide oxidation in biofilters of a recirculating mariculture system Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71: 6134-6141.
  41. Cytryn, E., Minz, D., Gieseke, A. and J. van Rijn. 2006. Transient development of filamentous Thiothrix species in a marine sulfide oxidizing, denitrifying fluidized bed reactor. FEMS Microbiology Letters 256: 22-29.
  42. Shafir, S., van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevitch. 2006. Steps in the construction of an underwater coral nursery, an essential component in reef restoration acts. Marine Biology 149: 679-687.
  43. Shafir, S, van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevitch. 2006. Coral nubbins as a source material for coral biological research: a prospectus. Aquaculture 259: 444-448.
  44. Neori, A., Krom, M.D. and J. van Rijn. 2007. Biochemical processes in intensive zero-effluent marine fish culture with recirculating aerobic and anaerobic biofilters. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 349: 235-247.
  45. Shafir, S., van Rijn, J. and B. Rinkevitch. 2007. Short and long term toxicity of crude oil and oil dispersants to two representative coral species. Env. Sci. Technol. 41: 5571-5574.
  46. Foesel, B.U., Koch, L., Gieseke, A., Cytryn, E., Schwermer, C., Stief, P., Minz,D.,van Rijn, J., Drake, H.L. and A. Schramm. 2007. Nitrosomonas Nm143-like ammonia oxidizers and Nitrospira marina-like nitrite oxidizers dominate the nitrifier community in a marine aquaculture biofilm. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 63: 192-204.
  47. Guttman, L. and J. van Rijn. 2008. Identification of conditions underlying production of geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in a recirculating system. Aquaculture 279:85-91.
  48. Sher, Y., Schneider, K., Schwermer, C.U. and J. van Rijn. 2008. Sulfide induced nitrate reduction in the sludge of an anaerobic treatment stage of a zero-discharge recirculating mariculture system. Wat. Res. 42: 4386-4392.
  49. Guttman, L. and J. van Rijn. 2009. 2-Methylisoborneol and geosmin uptake by organic sludge derived from a recirculating aquaculture system. Wat. Res. 43: 474-480.
  50. Schwermer, C.U., Ferdelman, T.G., Stief, P., Gieseke, A., Rezakhani, N., van Rijn, J., de Beer, D. and A. SchrammPI. 2010. Effect of nitrate on sulfur transformations in sulfidogenic sludge of a marine aquaculture biofilter. FEMS Microbiol.Ecol. 72:476-484.
  51. Schneider, K., Sher, Y., Erez, J. and J. van Rijn. 2011. Carbon cycling in a zero-discharge mariculture system. Wat Res. 45(7): 2375-2382.
  52. Guttman, L. and J. van Rijn. 2012. Isolation of bacteria capable of growth with 2-methylisoborneol and geosmin as sole carbon and energy sources. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78: 363-370.
  53. Krom, M.D., Ben David, A., Ingall, E.D., Benning, L.G., Clerici, S., Bottrell, S., Davies, C., Potts, N.J., Mortimer, R.J.G. and J. van Rijn. 2014. Bacterially mediated removal of phosphorus and cycling of nitrate and sulfate in the waste stream of a zero- discharge recirculating mariculture system. Wat. Res. 56:109-121.
  54. Kandal, P., Pasternak, Z., van Rijn, J., Nahum, O. and E. Jurkevitch. 2015. Abundance, diversity and seasonal dynamics of predatory bacteria in aquaculture zero-discharge systems. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 81:149-161.
  55. Vetter, W., Ulms, K., Wendlinger, C. and J. van Rijn. 2016. Novel non-methylated furan fatty acids in fish from a zero discharge aquaculture system. NFS Journal 2: 8-14.
  56. Rakovitsky, N., Brook, I., van Rijn, J., Ryskin, M., Mkhweli, Z., Etkin, H. and S. Nir. 2016. Purification of greywater by a moving bed reactor followed by a filter including a granulated micelle-clay composite. Applied Clay Science132-133: 267-272
  57. Yamin, G., Borisover, M. Cohen, E. and J. van Rijn. 2017. Accumulation of humic- like and proteinaceous dissolved organic matter in zero-discharge aquaculture systems as revealed by fluorescence EEM spectroscopy. Wat. Res. 108: 412-421
  58. Azaria, S, Nir, S. and J. van Rijn. 2017. Combined adsorption and degradation of the off flavor compound 2-methylisoborneol in sludge derived from a recirculating aquaculture systems. Chemosphere 169: 69-77
  59. Yamin, G., Falk, R., Avtalion, R., Shoshana, N., Ofek, T., Smirnov, R., Rubenstein, G. and J. van Rijn. 2017. The protective effect of humic-rich substances on atypical Aeromonassalmonicidasubsp. salmonicida infection in common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). J. Fish Diseases. DOI: 10.1111/jfd.12645
  60. Nussinovitch, A., Zohar-Perez, C., Rabinovitz, Z. and J. van Rijn. 2017. Nitrate removal from water by immobilized bacteria. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2017.075
  61. Yamin, G., Zilberg, D., Levy, G. and J. van Rijn. 2017. The protective effect of a synthetic humic acid and humic acid-rich water and sludge from a recirculating aquaculture system on Gyrodactylus and Dactylogyrus infection in guppy (Poecilia reticulata). AquacultureDOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.06.022
  62. Friedlander, M. and J. van Rijn. 2018. Ammonia and CO2 enrichment of a Gracilaria cultivation pond through organic waste addition. Aquaculture DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.08.041

Patents

van Rijn, J. Water Quality Control in Fish Ponds.

  • Israeli Patent: # 103809 (granted: 8/12/95).
  • International Patent Application: #PCT/EP 93/ 03226 (granted: 22/2/95).
  • European patent # 94901814.7-2313 (granted: 29/7/96).
  • USA patent # 5660142 (granted: 27/12/96).
  • Japanese patent #3545401 (granted: 16/4/2004).

van Rijn, J., Nussinovitch, A. and Y. Tal. Means and Process for Nitrate Removal.

  • Israeli Patent #117783 (granted 2/4/96).
  • International Patent Application #PCT/IL97/00116 (granted: 4/1/97).
  • USA patent # 6,297,033 (granted: 2/10/2001).
  • European patent application # 97 914 533.1 (granted: 16/9/2002).