The available database comprises research projects in Fisheries, Aquaculture, Seafood Processing and Marine Biotechnology active in the time period 2003-2022.
BlueBio is an ERA-NET COFUND created to directly identify new and improve existing ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

More information on the BlueBio project and participating funding organizations is available on the BlueBio website: www.bluebioeconomy.eu

Last Update: 2018/03/29

AQUASTRESS
Aquaculture
Aquatic systems under multiple Stress: a new paradigm integrating aquaculture and ecotoxicology research
National
National
Patrick Sorgeloos
Patrick.Sorgeloos@UGent.be
UGent - Ghent University (Belgium)
BELSPO - Belgian Science Policy Office (Belgium)
2012
2017
€ 3,091,513
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Aquatic organisms experience stress when an external stressor moves them away from their optimum physiological conditions. Stress factors experienced by aquatic organisms include temperature changes, suboptimal nutrition, toxicants and infections. Over the past decades, knowledge about biological and ecological responses across all levels of organization (molecular to community level) to each of these stressors has been well-developed. However, the focus on single stressors is in huge contrast with reality, in which the combined action of multiple stressors on aquatic biota is the rule rather than the exception. Unfortunately, the current knowledge on the effects of multiple stressors is still too fragmented to provide a robust scientific basis and has until now focused too much on easily observable effects at the individual level. There is a lack of understanding of effects of multiple stress at lower levels (e.g., molecular, cellular, immunological, physiological mechanisms) as well as at higher levels of biological organization (i.e., population, community, ecosystem). Therefore, the primary scientific objective of the current project proposal is to investigate multiple stress in aquatic systems across multiple levels of biological organization and to verify to what extent multiple stress effects occurring at higher levels of organization can be predicted/explained based on observations of effects occurring at lower levels. Two research disciplines in which the impact of stressors on aquatic biota are of critical importance are aquaculture (i.e. sustainable production of healthy and safe aquatic food for human consumption) and ecotoxicology (i.e. the study of the effects of toxicants on biological organisms, especially at the population, community, ecosystem level). Traditionally, both disciplines have evolved alongside each other, eventually following different research approaches and methodologies. We are convinced of the innovative benefits for both disciplines of a closer research interaction adopting and developing methodological tools across disciplines, e.g. the use of gnotobiotic culture techniques for selected species (as practiced in aquaculture research to control microbial interference), by working on the same selected species, and by applying the same standardized/inter-calibrated analytical tools. The current project proposal aims at integrating complimentary expertise (especially with regard to research tools and methodologies) between top-class research teams in aquaculture (P1, P5, P6, INT2) and in ecotoxicology (P2, P3, P4, P5, P6 and INT1). Interactions within and between both disciplines will be ensured by the planning of joint PhD studies between partner labs.
Aquaculture development; Sustainability;
Not associated to marine areas
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