Aquaculture scientists meet in 'tools4breed' project

  • Artigo Item
  • Olhão, Portugal, April 22, 2020. The semi-annual meeting of the innovative Tools4Breed Project took place today in Olhão, on the coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal.

    The project, officially named 'Tools4Breed - Challenge tests and genetic for Perkinsus as a tool for Rudipates decussatus selective breeding', is led by Oceano Fresco in partnership with the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), two institutions renowned in sea-related research.

    The Tools4Breed project aims to validate and implement efficient challenge tests that can be used in Oceano Fresco's massive breeding program for Ruditapes decussatus while not compromising the biological reproductive abilities of the individuals, as well as to find new biomarkers for Perkinsus resistance to be used as a selection tool in the program.

    This project is co-financed by Portugal's Fundo Azul ("Blue Fund"), managed by the country's Directorate-General for Maritime Policy (DGPM) as part of a sustainable development strategy for the sea economy.

  • Semi-annual meeting of the project 'Tools4Breed' at Olhão, Portugal.

  • Headquartered in Mira, on the coast of central Portugal, Oceano Fresco applies both traditional and innovative scientific methods to the production and systematic improvement of high-value bivalve varieties, starting with a well-known species of clam that the Company expects to re-introduce in the market at a competitive price. Oceano Fresco has assembled a world-class team of international advisors, managers, scientists, breeders and technicians, and aims to become a game-changer in the €20 billion shellfish market, contributing to higher levels of sustainability in global food production.

  • The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) is a public institute devoted to strategic research, technological development on management and conservation of marine living resources, aquatic environments, pollution, toxicology and shellfish and fish aquaculture, innovation, services and dissemination activities on sea and atmosphere. IPMA is the only governmental fisheries and aquaculture research laboratory in Portugal and ensure scientific and technical support for policies defined by the Ministry of the Sea. The Division of Aquaculture and Upgrading (DivAV) deals with pre-competitive research and experimental development for fish and shellfish production. The facilities of the Shellfish of Experimental Production Station of Tavira include a shellfish hatchery and nursery with its own microalgae production, as well as facilities in an open area for juvenile culture and grow-out.

  • The Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) is a leading research and advanced training institution of the University of Porto, working at the frontier of Ocean Knowledge and Innovation. CIIMAR uses knowledge-based approaches to promote the natural capital and the sustained management of marine resources through monitoring of ecosystems health, optimization of aquaculture, and biotechnological exploitation of the resources for environmental and human health applications. In 2016, CIIMAR members published 398 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals and successfully contributed to the graduation of 22 PhD and 81 MSc students. Also, in 2016 three patents were submitted, reflecting the increasing impact of their research and the success of the implementation of the measures to increase the technology transfer.