Improving knowledge of oyster aquaculture
The rapid expansion of marine bivalve aquaculture worldwide increases the demand for hatchery production of seed. However, the lack of physiological synchrony of individuals impedes increased production. The EU-funded NEUROSHELL project will improve the environmental, neuroendocrine and endocrine control of the production phases of bivalves, aiming to promote hatchery production of oysters and science. The multidisciplinary and intersectoral project will implement a daily rhythms method by investigating the impact of daily environmental cycles on reproduction and metamorphosis of larvae into spat. It will also generate a profile of targeted neuroendocrine and endocrine factors at determined stages.