Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European farmed fish

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    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: 1) 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; 2) determine the transfer of parasites between farmed and wild host populations; 3) develop a wide range of novel prophylactic measures, including vaccines and functional feeds; 4) provide a range of advanced or alternative treatments for parasitic diseases; 5) develop cost-effective, specific and sensitive diagnostic tools for key parasitic diseases; 6) assess the risk factors involved in the emergence, transmission and pathogenesis of parasitic diseases; 7) map the zoonotic risks due to fish helminths and; 8) provide a catalogue of good husbandry practices to obtain safe and high-quality fish products.
    Effective start/end date1/04/1531/03/20

    Research Output

    Macrophage polarization in fish transcriptional profiles and metabolic changes

    Wentzel, A. S., Petit, J., de Boer, V. C. J., Forlenza, M. & Wiegertjes, G., 2019, In : Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 91, p. 432-432 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractAcademic

  • Paralogs of Common Carp Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor (G-CSF) Have Different Functions Regarding Development, Trafficking and Activation of Neutrophils

    Katakura, F., Nishiya, K., Wentzel, A. S., Hino, E., Miyamae, J., Okano, M., Wiegertjes, G. F. & Moritomo, T., 19 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in Immunology. 10, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The kinetics of cellular and humoral immune responses of common carp to presporogonic development of the myxozoan Sphaerospora molnari

    Korytář, T., Wiegertjes, G. F., Zusková, E., Tomanová, A., Lisnerová, M., Patra, S., Sieranski, V., Šíma, R., Born-Torrijos, A., Wentzel, A. S., Blasco-Monleon, S., Yanes-Roca, C., Policar, T. & Holzer, A. S., 6 May 2019, In : Parasites & Vectors. 12, 1, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)