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Stem cell isolation and transplantation in Hexacorallia: Toward cell-therapy for corals

Project description

Cell therapy for the rescue of coral reefs

Coral reefs are the cornerstones of ocean ecosystems that support much of the ocean's biodiversity. Due to anthropogenic stress factors, they are under severe threat. Mitigation efforts should be based on transferring naturally-occurring resilient genotypes. The EU-funded CoralStem project aims to develop generalised strategies for the isolation, characterisation and transplantation of coral progenitor cells using four species of anemones and stony corals. The objective is to develop cell transplantation techniques for engraftment in non-model species. The possibility to transfer progenitor cells from a stress-resilient coral to a sensitive one will provide an understanding of the tolerance mechanisms and the possibility to confer resilience in the wild coral ecosystems.

Call for proposal

ERC-2020-STG
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Host institution

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
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84105 Beer Sheva

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 045 900

Beneficiaries (1)

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
EU contribution
€ 2 045 900
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments