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Network for the development of phage therapy in aquaculture

Network for the development of phage therapy in aquaculture

Objective

AQUAPHAGE aims to the formation of a strong network for the development of phage therapy in aquaculture through a well balanced research staff exchange program. The platform for the implementation of this initiative is a common project focused on the identification and exploitation of phages specific for bacterial pathogens that constitute serious threats for both freshwater and marine aquaculture. The target bacteria are Listonella anguillarum and V. harveyi, pathogens of Mediterranean aquaculture species (European sea bass and gilthead sea bream), Flavobacterium psychrophilum, serious pathogen of trout and Aeromonas salmonicida, obligate bacterial pathogen of Atlantic salmon. The capacities and synergies of the partners will be exploited towards these goals. Aquaculture facilities owned by the partners can provide the necessary materials for the isolation of a wide variety of phages. Enzyme Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genomics will provide strong background information for the most efficient selection of lytic phages. Enhancement of lytic activity using bacterial strains from the collections of the participating institutes will lead to the development of a final product with increased efficacy against these pathogens. Modern bioindicator system will be used for the assessment of disease treatment impact on the environemnt. The formation of this research partnership with partners owing expertise and excellence in their field will provide possibilities for inter-disciplinary exchanges and will constitute a technological and scientific platform for further cooperation in the field of Phage Therapy in Aquaculture.
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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 151 700

Administrative Contact

Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)

Participants (3)

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AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 97 200

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 53 900

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 55 900

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 269175

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    10 March 2011

  • End date

    9 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 358 700

  • EU contribution

    € 358 700

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece