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Controlling infectious diseases in oysters and mussels in Europe

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.

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)

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 332 495

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 251 288

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 196 000

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 287 449

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 136 493

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 197 125

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 024

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 102 351

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 348 096

ATLANTIUM TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 367 460

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES PRODUCTEURS DE MOLLUSQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266157

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 555 673,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 995 636

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

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