As world aquaculture is facing economical losses due to infectious diseases, the project objectives are to provide new therapeutic agents and new approach for the control of diseases in mollusc and shrimp production. The approach deals with the isolation and the characterisation of antimicrobial molecules, irnmune non-specific effectors produced naturally by these invertebrates and to investigate their antimicrobial properties against a wide range of pathogens. The selected antimicrobial effectors will be then monitored on larvae for their potential beneficial and/or protective effect against infections. Moreover, the expression of anti microbial effectors encoding genes will be analysed at population level for evaluation of their use as genetics markers for increased non-specific response to diseases. Candidate molecules and genes, as well as new selection approach, will be supplied for further exploitation in aquaculture.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts