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Network for the development of phage therapy in aquaculture

Objective

AQUAPHAGE aims to the formation of a strong network for the development of phage therapy in aquaculture through a well balanced research staff exchange program. The platform for the implementation of this initiative is a common project focused on the identification and exploitation of phages specific for bacterial pathogens that constitute serious threats for both freshwater and marine aquaculture. The target bacteria are Listonella anguillarum and V. harveyi, pathogens of Mediterranean aquaculture species (European sea bass and gilthead sea bream), Flavobacterium psychrophilum, serious pathogen of trout and Aeromonas salmonicida, obligate bacterial pathogen of Atlantic salmon. The capacities and synergies of the partners will be exploited towards these goals. Aquaculture facilities owned by the partners can provide the necessary materials for the isolation of a wide variety of phages. Enzyme Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genomics will provide strong background information for the most efficient selection of lytic phages. Enhancement of lytic activity using bacterial strains from the collections of the participating institutes will lead to the development of a final product with increased efficacy against these pathogens. Modern bioindicator system will be used for the assessment of disease treatment impact on the environemnt. The formation of this research partnership with partners owing expertise and excellence in their field will provide possibilities for inter-disciplinary exchanges and will constitute a technological and scientific platform for further cooperation in the field of Phage Therapy in Aquaculture.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 151 700
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)

Participants (3)

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 97 200
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Labrou (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 53 900
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mathias Middelboe (Prof.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 55 900
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)