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Controlling infectious diseases in oysters and mussels in Europe

Objective

The two core objectives of BIVALIFE are (i) to provide innovative knowledge related to pathogens infecting oysters and mussels and (ii) to develop practical approaches for the control of infectious diseases and resulting mortality outbreaks these pathogens induce. The project will address the major issue identified by the European commission (i.e. detection and management of infectious diseases in oysters and mussels) at the EU level since the increase in international and intra EU trade and exchanges of animals increases the risk of pathogen transfer and infectious disease outbreak occurrence. In this context, the specific objective of BIVALIFE are:
(i) transfer and validate existing methods for detection and identification of oyster and mussel pathogens;
(ii) improve the characterisation of oyster and mussel pathogens and develop innovative complementary diagnostic approaches;
(iii) characterise culture sites in Europe regarding presence of oyster and mussel pathogens in relation to the presence or absence of mortality;
(iv) investigate the life cycle, mechanisms allowing oyster and mussel pathogens to survive outside the host and their original source;
(v) identify pathogen intrinsic virulence factors and effects on host defence mechanisms;
(vi) assess the relationship between the presence of oyster and mussel pathogens and their role in observed mortality;
(vii) develop methods and recommendations for pathogen control and eradication in Europe.
The project will focus on three mollusc species, namely the Pacific cupped oyster Crassostrea gigas and two mussel species Mytilus edulis and M. galloprovincialis, the most important species in terms of European production. Interestingly, Pacific oysters and mussels display different levels of susceptibility to diseases. The targeted pathogens will be the virus OsHV-1, Vibrio species including V. splendidus and V. aestuarianus, as well as the parasite Marteilia refringens and the bacterium Nocardia crassostreae.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/mortality

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research 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
€ 468 855
Administrative Contact
Patricia Thibault (Ms.)

Participants (11)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 332 495
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 288
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 196 000
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Everloo (Dr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 287 449
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Badia (Mr.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 136 493
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Caroline Hepburn (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 197 125
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Vallarino (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 024
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerolamo Lanfranchi (Prof.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 102 351
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Clarke (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 348 096
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Fagon (Ms.)
ATLANTIUM TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 367 460
Address
Sofri House, Har Tov 33
99100 Beit Shemesh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Shay Shamir (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES PRODUCTEURS DE MOLLUSQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Rue De Javel 122
75015 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Bruno Guillaumie (Mr.)