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REsearch to improve PROduction of SEED of established and emerging bivalve species in European hatcheries

REsearch to improve PROduction of SEED of established and emerging bivalve species in European hatcheries

Objective

Secure and stabilised hatchery production of bivalve seed is the unifying objective of the REPROSEED project. Development of innovative new methods will lead to high quality seed of guaranteed physiological health, sanitary status and genetic diversity. By considering the biology of bivalve life stages and the trophic and microbial environment of rearing conditions REPROSEED researches ways of controlling key processes, like reproduction, larval rearing and metamorphosis. New technological advances, like recirculation systems and outdoor algal culture, will provide ways to reduce costs. The need for hatcheries is growing in Europe due to demands from the shellfish industry for quality juveniles and concerns about wild seed due to inconsistent spatfall or environmental harm caused by seed collection of some species. Four economically important molluscs were selected to represent these needs: two species already reared in hatcheries, Crassostrea gigas and Pecten maximus, and two emerging hatchery species, Mytilus edulis and Ruditapes decussatus. Scientific research is most advanced for C. gigas, so its further development will enable us to attain a level of excellence. Knowledge on this species and on P. maximus, an excellent model for solving particular bivalve rearing problems, can also help improve hatchery culture of the other species. Inter-specific differences enable comparative study of important traits. REPROSEED investigates the physiological basis of early sexual maturation, gamete competency, immunity and metamorphosis, at cellular and molecular levels, including genomics and proteomics. Application of these results and dedicated studies will be made on practical aspects of controlled bivalve reproduction, nutritional needs for broodstock conditioning and larval growth (including testing of mutant yeasts and lipid microcapsules) and the benefits of probiotics. Advances will be shared with end-users throughout the project.

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

€ 702 386

Administrative Contact

Ramiro Gonzales Mendoza (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB

Portugal

UNIVERSITE DE CAEN NORMANDIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 322 210

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 337 731

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 331 502

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 271 704

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 221 188

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 305 164

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 255 870

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 129 998

SYNDICAT DES SELECTIONNEURS AVICOLES ET AQUACOLES FRANCAIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 73 850

SOCIETE ATLANTIQUE DE MARICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 20 250

SCALPRO AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 23 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245119

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2010

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 931 756,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 994 853

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France