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The development of tools for tracing and evaluating the genetic impact of fish from aquaculture: “AquaTrace”

Objective

The genetic changes associated with domestication in aquaculture pose an increasing threat to the integrity of native fish gene pools. Consequently, there is a bourgeoning need for the development of molecular tools to assess and monitor the genetic impact of escaped or released farmed fish. In addition, exploration of basic links between genetic differences among farmed and wild fish and differences in important life-history traits with fitness consequences are crucial prerequisites for designing biologically informed management strategies. The project “AquaTrace” will establish an overview of current knowledge on aquaculture breeding, genomic resources and previous research projects for the marine species seabass, seabream and turbot. The project will apply cutting-edge genomic methods for the development of high-powered, cost-efficient, forensically validated and transferable DNA based tools for identifying and tracing the impact of farmed fish in the wild. Controlled experiments with wild and farmed fish and their hybrids will be conducted with salmon and brown trout as model organisms using advanced “common garden” facilities. These experiments will elucidate the fundamental consequences of introgression by pinpointing and assessing the effects on fitness of specific genomic regions. Generated insights will form the basis of a risk assessment and management recommendations including suggestions for mitigation and associated costs. This information and the developed molecular tools will be available as open-access support to project participants and external stakeholders including the aquaculture industry. The project is expected to facilitate technology transfer to the aquaculture sector by promoting better tailored breeding practices and traceability throughout production chain. Overall this initiative will support the development of sustainable European aquaculture and provide “Good Environmental Status” in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 486 016
Administrative Contact
Einar Eg Nielsen (Prof.)

Participants (22)

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 394 148
Address
Nordnesgaten 50
5817 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helene Pedersen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 803
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Garbo (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 229 300
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Cacheiro Martinez (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 407 516
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Malevé (Ms.)
TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 890,40
Address
High Street 121 Hughes Parry And Co
LL57 1NT Bangor Gwynedd
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Rob Ogden (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 121 799,60
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 97 615,20
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
René Jean Paul Guyomard (Mr.)
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 145 000
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Davey (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 188 899
Address
.
FK9 4LA Stirling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Gibb (Mr.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Petridou (Ms.)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 45 043
Address
Via Vitaliano Brancati 48
00144 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanna Marino (Dr.)
MUSTAFA KEMAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 20 400
Address
Ataturk Caddesi
31034 Antakya Hatay
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cemal Turan (Prof.)
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
St Andrews House, Regent Road
EH1 3DG Edinburgh
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucy Webster (Dr.)
SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS
France
EU contribution
€ 30 573
Address
Centre Inra De Tours Nouzilly
37380 Nouzilly
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Pierrick Haffray (Mr.)
CLUSTER DE LA ACUICULTURA DE GALICIA ASOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 39 907
Address
Punta De Couso Aguino
15960 A Coruna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Santiago Cabaleiro (Dr.)
FERME MARINE DU DOUHET SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 20 280
Address
Port Du Douhet
17840 La Bree Les Bains
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Sébastien Bruant (Mr.)
Ardag Ltd.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 21 350,40
Address
(P.o. Box 1742)
Eilat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Glen Pagelson (Mr.)
PLAGTON AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 21 278,40
Address
Odos Griva 17
30100 Agrino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Bokas (Mr.)
GIE LABORATOIRE D'ANALYSES GENETIQUES POUR LES ESPACES ANIMALES
France
EU contribution
€ 41 120
Address
Domaine De Vilvert
78350 Jouy En Josas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie-Yvonne Boscher (Dr.)
BIOMOLECULAR RESEARCH GENOMICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 66 770,40
Address
Via Redipuglia 21A
35131 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Simionati (Dr.)
Fios Genomics Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 475,20
Address
Buchanan Street 166
G1 2LS Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James William Buckie (Dr.)
LABOGENA DNA
France
Address
69, Rue De La Motte Brulon
35700 Rennes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucie Genestout (Mrs.)