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Sustainable Approaches to Reduce Oomycete (Saprolegnia) Infections in Aquaculture

Objective

The oomycete family contains some of the world’s most destructive fish pathogens. In Europe alone, these microorganisms collectively account for multimillion-Euro losses annually in the fish farming industry. Saprolegnia parasitica in particular is a major problem in the aquaculture industry where it has been estimated that 10% of all hatched salmon and eggs succumb to Saprolegniosis. Until 2002, Saprolegnia infections in aquaculture were kept under control with malachite green. However, the use of this chemical has been banned worldwide due to its toxicological effects and this has resulted in a dramatic re-emergence of Saprolegniosis in aquaculture. In order to develop new control practices, we first need to understand the biology of fish-pathogen interactions. Therefore, we need to train scientists in this area of research. We propose to follow an integrated systems biology based approach to study the disease in all aspects: from the molecular level right through to disease management. The overall objective of “SAPRO” is to develop sustainable measures to control and eradicate expanding oomycete diseases that represent a serious threat to aquaculture as well as to natural populations of fish. This goal will be achieved through the creation of an Initial Training Network with 10 early stage researchers and 3 experienced researchers who will be trained in all aspects of state-of-the-art techniques and methods that will be used to study the disease. The program will significantly impact basic understanding of fish-microbe interactions by providing insights into key processes with respect to Saprolegniosis. This research will lead to the development of novel strategies for oomycete disease control that will increase profitability and reduce chemical use in our environment. Lastly, SAPRO has the potential to result in farming healthier fish, which is important for the fish farming industry, the general public, and our environment.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 918 312
Administrative Contact
Helena Rogers (Dr.)

Participants (5)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 394 241
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Ståhl (Prof.)
VETERINAERINSTITUTTET - NORWEGIAN VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 713 729
Address
Ullevalsveien 68
0454 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ida Skaar (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 375 806
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 935
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joop Brouwer (Mr.)
INTERVET INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 175 452
Address
Wim De Korverstraat 35
5831 AN Boxmeer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gregory Martin (Dr.)