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Microbes as positive actors for more sustainable aquaculture

Objective

Aquaculture is still facing a number of bottlenecks. To further develop aquaculture, the major bottlenecks need to be systematically removed. At the production level, unpredictable larval survival and larval/juvenile quality and robustness are major bottlenecks which have strong microbial components. With respect to microbial interference, we need to make use of the natural mutualistic symbiotic relationships that have evolved over million of years between the host and the microbial community. Hence, we need to understand the mutual and reciprocal interactions between them and use these interactions to the benefit of the viability and robustness of the fish under aquaculture conditions. This “join them” approach is contradictory to the traditional “beat them” strategy generally applied in microbial management used in human medicine, agriculture and aquaculture. This project suggests bringing together various European research groups that have contributed to some important methodological break-throughs that can be used in the study of host/microbe interactions and can help to disentangle the complex interplay between the different components of the aquaculture ecosystem. The work packages are directed towards the systematic gathering of novel information in relation to the axis host-host microbial community-system microbial community. It is anticipated that this novel information will allow developing new concepts that will be translated into new or adapted protocols to rear aquaculture organisms in a biological stable and economical efficient way.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 730 800
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)

Participants (6)

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 557 323
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mikael Brelivet (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 564 937
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marc Charles Jean Verdegem (Dr.)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 530 698
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arne Strøm (Prof.)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 176 175
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inga Marie Aasen (Ms.)
SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 258 098
Address
Brattørkaia 17B
7465 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jorunn Skjermo (Dr.)
VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 178 500
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rik Audenaert (Dr.)