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Development of an automatic process of in-house collection, storage and application of adaptive bacteria culture for fish farms

Objective

Evidence from recirculation systems shows that new starters experience 30-80% loss in sales almost unavoidably in the first year during the adaption period of a biofilter, accompanied by the failure losses from fish medication and seasonal depressions counting summingly for more than €70-90M annually in Europe. Low reliability of biofilter systems are considered the main reason why people avoid entering fish farming business. Our idea is to reduce the bio-filter recovery time after failure by developing an Intelligent Biofilter Control (IBC) system. Real-time monitoring system will detect the viability and metabolic activity of the bacteria culture. At healthy period excess bacteria are extracted, prepared for storage and stored by automatic collection system. In case of biofilter failure, the stored culture will be cultivated for rapid recovery of the biofilter thereby providing increased productivity of the farm. The major barriers to overcome are: (a) Biofilter start-up and recovery processes in fish farm are slow, taking 3-6 weeks. (b) Methods of bacteria extraction and storage are designed for usage in laboratory and not providing the efficiency required for industrial applications; (c) Limited knowledge about how is the recovery performance of recultivated bacteria related to the health before collection; (d) Existing methods to assess the viability and metabolic activity of bacteria are complicated and time consuming. We intend to overcome these barriers by speeding up the recovery of a bio-filter by recultivating the stored adapted bacteria. Farm productivity will increase up to 15%; Farm supply security will improve, increasing the sales price about 5%, there is less environmental risks, and less hazard to fish health. Process for automatic extraction of the bacteria from the bio-filter, preparation for storage, and storage in industrial scale.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/pharmaceutical drug
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

Remedium AS
Address
Ct Von Neffi 4
46607 Rakvere
Estonia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 223 128
Administrative Contact
Sivar Irval (Mr.)

Participants (12)

CONSUL AR SA

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Chemin Des Roses 4
1844 Villeneuve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Armando Roggero (Mr.)
AQUARIUS MARINE GROUP LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 111 605
Address
Mill Lane The Beckery
BA6 9NT Glastonbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gibson Wynes (Mr.)
BIOPHARMA PROCESS SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 459
Address
Winnall Valley Road
SO23 0LD Winchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Wood (Mr.)
AQUAMYK OU

Participation ended

Estonia
EU contribution
€ 32 117
Address
Kanissaare Poide Rural
94533 Saarema
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Priit Lulla (Mr.)
C.G.S. DI COLUCCIA MICHELE & C. S.A.S.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 85 120
Address
Via Garibaldi 26
56124 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Coluccia (Mr.)
BIOMAR GROUP AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 12 707
Address
Vaerkmestergade 25,6
8000 Arhus C
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Falk Andreasen (Mr.)
AQUA CONSULT INGENIEUR GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 520
Address
Mengendamm 16
30177 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Hartwig (Dr.)
OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 5 563
Address
Sepapaja 6
11415 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lauri Nirgi (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 9 515
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Asbjorn Rune Ousland (Mr.)
AquaOptima AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 150 681
Address
Kjopmannsgt 35
7011 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Idar Schei (Mr.)
ELKE SENSOR OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 206 691
Address
Elektroni 8-60
11316 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Teet Jäetma (Mr.)
PAHKLA VAHI JA KALAKASVATUS OU
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 29 704
Address
Pikk 45
93812 Kuressaare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Toivo Leivat (Mr.)