Periodic Reporting for period 3 - AQUAEXCEL2020 (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in European fish research towards 2020)
Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-03-31
WP2 facilitates and promotes innovation in the European aquaculture sector by ensuring knowledge transfer and innovation brokerage towards industry. AQUAEXCEL2020 has established an Industry- Research Advisory Panel (IRAP) which maximises the possibilities for new knowledge to be translated into innovation by assessing and selecting the project OUTPUTS with most potential for impact. Eleven high-potential OUTPUTS were presented at the first two industry brokerage events in Dubrovnik and Berlin, project catalogues were developed around these, to facilitate further promotion. The results of the knowledge transfer on target users and their potential for the development of the sector is being assessed by IRAP.
In WP3 interaction with ELIXIR resulted in case study recommendations for data archiving design and implementation. A new version of the AQUAEXCEL repository is now up and running with templates for partner deposition of data (Data on trout and seabass lines and experiments are now available on this “Digital Fish” repository). A new version of the Fish and Chips tool allows users to introduce NGS data, use text mining tool for analyzing webpages associated with each experiment and get information on regulatory motifs in promotor of selected genes. A list of 15 protocols on cryobanking practices was collected into a booklet which will be updated with newly developed protocols and from the literature.
WP4 has supported integration and harmonization of access to European Aquaculture Research Infrastructure (RIs) resources by developing and maintaining an integrated One-Stop-Access Online Portal and general website which communicates the project and its results and provides a comprehensive inventory of aquaculture RIs in Europe (143 registered infrastructures to date). We trained 480 aquaculture researchers and industry stakeholders by organizing nine training courses (6 face-to-face, 3 online) on timely aquaculture topics which fostered a culture of cooperation between them. In addition, the project Dissemination and Exploitation Plan was implemented and updated to ensure effective dissemination of results including raising awareness of European aquaculture RIs, their facilities, services and knowledge, for all stakeholders.
In WP5 a first version of the sub-models for fish growth, water treatment and hydrodynamics has been developed. Input/output parameters and interfaces between models were intergrated in a first version of the virtual laboratory using the industrial standard FMI to perform co-simulation and integration between the sub-models. User feedback on this first version will be used to develop the final Virtual Laboratory version.
WP6 contains many experiments that are all complete and at different levels of analysis and reporting. Results so far show that experimental fish treatment protocols have different effects between species and life stages. Importantly, we showed that treatment in early life stages does affect performance later in life.
WP7 builds on FP7-AQUAEXCEL results to establish, characterize and preserve homozygous isogenic lines (carp, salmon, and trout) as a powerful experimental tool to decipher the genetic and functional bases of important traits for farming in those main European aquaculture fish species. Phenotypic characterization of isogenic lines and/or important natural populations (seabass) has been performed, as well as their genome-wide characterization with optimized NGS methods. Besides, experiments with trout and carp produce very promising results on the interest and feasibility of the production and maintenance of isogenic lines though germ cell grafting in sterile recipient fish.
In WP8, an optimized biosensor prototype with a reduced power consumption, high data storage capacity and low invasiveness has been designed for individualized monitoring of fish behaviour and metabolic performance in stand-alone as the basic operative mode. Functional validation tests have been performed in sea bream and Atlantic salmon, and are on the way in rainbow trout.
In WP9, the management team pursued the implementation of good efficient management procedures developed during the previous period, thus ensuring that overall progress of the project conforms to the work plan.