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Preventing and mitigating farmed bivalve diseases

Objective

The overarching goal of VIVALDI is to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the European shellfish industry by improving the understanding of bivalve diseases and by developing innovative solutions and tools for the prevention, control and mitigation of the major pathogens affecting the main European farmed shellfish species: Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas), mussels (Mytilus edulis and M. galloprovincialis), European flat oyster (Ostrea edulis), clams (Venerupis philipinarum) and scallops (Pecten maximus ). The project addresses the most harmful pathogens affecting either one or more of these shellfish species: the virus OsHV-1, Vibrio species including V. aestuarianus, V. splendidus, V. harveyi and V. tapetis, as well as the parasite Bonamia ostreae. The project is committed to provide practical solutions based on the most advanced knowledge.

VIVALDI will dissect the disease mechanisms associated with pathogen virulence and pathogenesis and host immune responses, develop in vivo and in vitro models, and apply “omic” approaches that will help the development of diagnostic tools and drugs against pathogen targets, and breeding programmes in a collaborative effort with industrial partners. The proposal will include a global shellfish health approach, recognising that cultured bivalves are often exposed to several pathogens simultaneously, and that disease outbreaks can be due to the combined effect of two or more pathogens. The proposal will also investigate advantages and risks of the used of disease-resistant selected animals in order to improve consumer confidence and safety.

VIVALDI will be both multi- and trans-disciplinary. In order to cover both basic and applied levels from molecules to farm, the proposal will integrate partners with a broad range of complementary expertises in pathology and animal health, epidemiology, immunology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics and food safety.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

Address

1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 727 762,50

Participants (20)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 299 993,75

SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 150 001,25

LABOGENA DNA

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 886,25

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 390 000

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 371 273,75

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 178 125

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 118 808,75

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 116 058,75

ATLANTIUM TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 215 285

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 199 230

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRIESTE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 199 983,75

NOFIMA AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 81 250

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 165 337,50

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 448 656,25

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 99 966,25

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 78 468,75

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 29 995

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 678589

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 414 417,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 503 082,50

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France