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Artemia biodiversity : current global resources and their sustainable exploitation

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10020

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 December 2004

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 800 000

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

GENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium

Objective

Recent Intensive research of the brine shrimp Artemia (distribution, ecology, strain characteristic and aquaculture applications; it is the most common larviculture live food) has lead to the identification of new species and the development of new biochemical and genetic description techniques. Its natural resources are exploited intensively, at times at the edge of extinction; endemic strains are out competed by introduced more productive foreign ones. In spite of massive literature of a growing number of specialists, integration of knowledge into a conceptual framework is lacking: expertise is often confined, both geographically and methodologically. This global concerted Artemia- study consists of a training and workshop programme, resulting in technical intercalibration, integration of current ecological and evolutionary concepts, and uniformus methods to assess population dynamics. Guidelines, issued on sustainable exploitation and strain introduction, will be tools for authorities to protect biodiversity and to avert overexploitation and extinction of strains. Artemia will be a model organism for other animals facing similar risks.

Coordinator

GENT UNIVERSITY

Address

44,Rozier 44
9000 Gent

Belgium

Participants (14)

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE-GENT

Belgium

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI

Greece

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

INSTITUT NATIONAL AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE

Tunisia

MANONMANIAM SUNDARANAR UNIVERSITY

India

RHODES UNIVERSITY

South Africa

SALT RESEARCH INSTITUTE - CHINA NATIONAL SALT INDUSTRY CORPORATION

China

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA METROPOLITANA - IZTAPALAPA

Mexico

UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Argentina

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS LAGOS

Chile

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE RIO GRANDE DO NORTE

Brazil

UNIVERSITY OF CAN THO

Vietnam

UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"

Italy

URMIA UNIVERSITY

Iran

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA4-CT-2001-10020

  • Start date

    1 January 2002

  • End date

    31 December 2004

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 800 000

  • EU contribution

    € 800 000

Coordinated by:

GENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium