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Building a biological knowledge-base on fish lifecycles for competitive, sustainable European aquaculture

Objective

LIFECYCLE (14 partners, 9 countries) will deliver a knowledge-base to improve competitiveness and sustainability of European aquaculture, through a combination of question-problem driven approaches. The focus will be on early developmental events, growth and environmental adaptation throughout the lifecyle, and on the physiology and immunology of key life-stage transitions, such as metamorphosis, smoltification and puberty. To advance current knowledge on mechanisms governing essential biological functions in fish, state-of-the-art physiological research will be combined with functional genomics by leading European research groups. LIFECYCLE will focus on all major life stages of sea bass, sea bream, Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. For these important aquaculture species, substantial resources and biological information exists which will be exploited and integrated to potentiate the overall impact. Two key conceptual approaches will be taken: 1. Changes in physiological systems at different points during the lifecycle will be studied to establish how early factors impact on later stages. 2. Cross-cutting experiments will address integration and crosstalk between physiological systems. LIFECYCLE is planned to direct research at current production bottlenecks. The knowledge generated about development and growth, adaptation and homeostasis, the immune system, sex differentiation and puberty will have a major impact on alleviating problems linked to abnormal larval development, skeletal deformities, poor growth and energy utilization, mortalities related to life stage transitions, poor environmental performance, and unwanted sexual maturation. The focused dissemination of such knowledge will make the EU aquaculture industry more efficient and stimulate its sustainable expansion. The knowledge-base established will pave way for future advances within fields of stress and disease control, breeding selection, environmental performance and species diversification.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-2A
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Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 994 546
Administrative Contact
Pirjo Gustafson (Ms.)

Participants (13)

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 800 611
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
François Chambelin (Mr.)
HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 582 645
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helene Pedersen (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 399 999,60
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Trish Starrs (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 422 180
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nasrin Vaziry (Ms.)
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 366 303,60
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Adelino Canario (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 406 620
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I
France
EU contribution
€ 407 627
Address
Rue Du Thabor 2
35065 Rennes Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yolaine Bompays (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 299 947,20
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joaquin Gutierrez (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 406 241
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 393 505,60
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frederick Stevenson-Robb (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joachim Gerlach (Mr.)
FISKEY HF

Participation ended

Iceland
EU contribution
€ 58 574,50
Address
Hjalteyri
601 Akureyri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnar Freyr Jonsson (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 187 000,50
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Agusti Fonts Cavestany (Mr.)