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Advancing European Aquaculture by Genome Functional Annotation

Advancing European Aquaculture by Genome Functional Annotation

Objective

Recent developments in genomics have advanced innovation in European aquaculture. However, despite the creation of reference quality genome sequences for the main species, our understanding of genome functions remains limited. AQUA-FAANG will deliver a step improvement in understanding of genome function and exploitation of genotype-to-phenotype prediction in the six most important European farmed fish species. The project brings together world-leading interdisciplinary expertise and industry partners providing direct pathways to commercial exploitation. AQUA-FAANG will functionally annotate the genomes of all six species, employing standardized experimental assays and analysis pipelines defined by the FAANG initiative. AQUA-FAANG datasets will be shared and coordinated with other FAANG initiatives via the FAANG data coordination centre, and made available through the Ensembl genome browser. As infectious disease is of paramount concern for sustainable aquaculture, the project focuses on understanding functional genomic regions in both healthy and immune-challenged fish. This will improve knowledge of the genomic basis for disease resistance and is complemented by novel approaches to increase understanding of immune cell heterogeneity. Standardized comparative analyses will provide essential insights into genome functions that cannot be gained from study of single species. Functional assays will be used to study intermediate phenotypes and prioritise causative genetic variants in trait-associated genomic regions to accelerate selection of disease-resistant stocks. Functionally-enriched marker panels will be developed to improve accuracy of genomic selection. An active programme of stakeholder engagement and dissemination will ensure uptake of project outputs by industry, academia, the public and in policy. The outputs will enhance precision breeding, drive competitiveness within the aquaculture sector, and enhance food and nutrition security in Europe.
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Coordinator

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Address

Universitetstunet 3
1433 As

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 810 394,75

Participants (23)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 835 264

EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 606 657,50

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 431 477,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 560 055

EUROPEAN FORUM OF FARM ANIMAL BREEDERS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 181 727,50

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 194 436,25

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 369 293,75

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 268 393,75

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 226 518,75

POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 158 652,50

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 20 500

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 62 950

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 111 353,75

XELECT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 87 325

AQUA GEN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

VALLE CA'ZULIANI SOCIETA' AGRICOLAS.R.L

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 25 000

PANITTICA ITALIA SOCIETA AGRICOLA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

OVAPISCIS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

STOLT SEA FARM S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

AQUICULTURA BALEAR SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

GENEAQUA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

NIREFS ICHTHIOKALLIERGEIES ANONYMI ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 817923

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 355 182,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 000 000

Coordinated by:

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway