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Building a biological knowledge-base on fish lifecycles for competitive, sustainable European aquaculture

Building a biological knowledge-base on fish lifecycles for competitive, sustainable European aquaculture

Objective

LIFECYCLE (14 partners, 9 countries) will deliver a knowledge-base to improve competitiveness and sustainability of European aquaculture, through a combination of question-problem driven approaches. The focus will be on early developmental events, growth and environmental adaptation throughout the lifecyle, and on the physiology and immunology of key life-stage transitions, such as metamorphosis, smoltification and puberty. To advance current knowledge on mechanisms governing essential biological functions in fish, state-of-the-art physiological research will be combined with functional genomics by leading European research groups. LIFECYCLE will focus on all major life stages of sea bass, sea bream, Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. For these important aquaculture species, substantial resources and biological information exists which will be exploited and integrated to potentiate the overall impact. Two key conceptual approaches will be taken: 1. Changes in physiological systems at different points during the lifecycle will be studied to establish how early factors impact on later stages. 2. Cross-cutting experiments will address integration and crosstalk between physiological systems. LIFECYCLE is planned to direct research at current production bottlenecks. The knowledge generated about development and growth, adaptation and homeostasis, the immune system, sex differentiation and puberty will have a major impact on alleviating problems linked to abnormal larval development, skeletal deformities, poor growth and energy utilization, mortalities related to life stage transitions, poor environmental performance, and unwanted sexual maturation. The focused dissemination of such knowledge will make the EU aquaculture industry more efficient and stimulate its sustainable expansion. The knowledge-base established will pave way for future advances within fields of stress and disease control, breeding selection, environmental performance and species diversification.

Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Address

Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 994 546

Administrative Contact

Pirjo Gustafson (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 800 611

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 582 645

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 399 999,60

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 422 180

CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 366 303,60

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 406 620

UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I

France

EU Contribution

€ 407 627

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 299 947,20

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 406 241

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 393 505,60

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 270 000

FISKEY HF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 58 574,50

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 187 000,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222719

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 July 2013

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 753 000,41

  • EU contribution

    € 5 995 801

Coordinated by:

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden