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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.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/zoology/ichthyology
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

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)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 835 264
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY
Germany
EU contribution
€ 606 657,50
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 431 477,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 560 055
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN FORUM OF FARM ANIMAL BREEDERS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 181 727,50
Address
Dreijenlaan 2K 1060 1061
6703 HA Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 194 436,25
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 369 293,75
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 268 393,75
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 226 518,75
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 158 652,50
Address
Plac Defilad 1
00 901 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 500
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 950
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 111 353,75
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
XELECT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 87 325
Address
Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road
KY16 9DR St Andrews
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AQUA GEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Havnegata 9
7462 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VALLE CA'ZULIANI SOCIETA' AGRICOLAS.R.L
Italy
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
Via Gardizza 9/B
48017 Conselice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PANITTICA ITALIA SOCIETA AGRICOLA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Strada Del Procaccio
72015 Fasano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OVAPISCIS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Lugar De Fonteo S/n - Baleira
27278 Lugo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STOLT SEA FARM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Punta De Los Remedios, S.n. Lira
15292 A Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AQUICULTURA BALEAR SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Carretera De Can Pastilla S/n
07007 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GENEAQUA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Calle Ribadeo 18 1 Izquierda
27002 Lugo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS
France
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
Centre Inra De Tours Nouzilly
37380 Nouzilly
Activity type
Other
NIREFS ICHTHIOKALLIERGEIES ANONYMI ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 6 250
Address
1St Km Koropiou Varis Avenue
19400 Koropi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)