Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European farmed fish
European aquaculture production provides direct employment to 80,000 people and a 3-billion € annual turnover. Parasites cause severe disease outbreaks and high economic losses in finfish aquaculture. The overarching goal of ParaFishControl is to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of European Aquaculture by improving understanding of fish-parasite interactions and by developing innovative solutions and tools for the prevention, control and mitigation of the major parasites affecting Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, common carp, European sea bass, gilthead sea bream and turbot. To achieve these objectives, ParaFishControl brings together a multidisciplinary consortium comprising 28 partners possessing world-leading, complementary, cross-cutting expertise and drawn from public and private research organisations, and the aquaculture industry. The consortium has access to excellent research facilities, diverse biological resources including host-parasite models, and state-of-the-art vaccinology, genomic, proteomic and transcriptomic technologies.
The project will:
Generate new scientific knowledge on key fish parasites, including genomics, life-cycle, invasion strategy and host-parasite interaction data, with special emphasis on host immunity, pathogen virulence and immunomodulation, providing a scientific basis for improved prophylaxis
Determine the transfer of parasites between farmed and wild host populations
Develop a wide range of novel prophylactic measures, including vaccines and functional feeds
Provide a range of advanced or alternative treatments for parasitic diseases
Develop cost-effective, specific and sensitive diagnostic tools for key parasitic diseases
Assess the risk factors involved in the emergence, transmission and pathogenesis of parasitic diseases
Map the zoonotic risks due to fish helminths and
Provide a catalogue of good husbandry practices to obtain safe and high-quality fish products.
- Enlace: http://www.parafishcontrol.eu