The ParaFishControl consortium gathers 29 partners comprising public and private partners with crosscutting complementary skills from 13 European countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Ivona Mladineo
TELEPHONE: +385 21 408 047

Institut za oceanografiju i ribarstvo (IOR) is the largest public research institution established for the investigation of the sea in Croatia. Conducted scientific activity encompasses virtually all aspects concerned with sea exploration: physical, chemical, geological, biological, fisheries and aquaculture.

In its eighty-five years of existence, its scientists have published articles in high impact peer-reviewed journals, as well as expedition reports, hydrographic studies, dynamic properties of the marine eco-system, description of flora and fauna, ecological research, fisheries research, advancements in fishing and artificial breeding in aquaculture, and man’s impact on the sea. Teaching and training activity has been conducted since 1998 when IOR developed and established the Marine Fisheries and Marine Biology and Ecology Study ( through the University of Split and engages its infrastructure (laboratories, research vessels, classrooms) and human resources to train a new cadre of marine biologists and technologists, through two undergraduate, two graduate and one doctoral course. A vast number of services and consulting for private and governmental bodies in the frame of environmental and fisheries processes have been offered from IOR, enabling efficient transfer of technology and absorption of know-how in industry. IOR’s Laboratory of Aquaculture covers all fields of knowledge from basic to applied aquaculture research, especially study of reared tuna immune response to parasites, immunostimulation by feed additives, molecular characterisations of parasite and host populations, parasite transfer between fish stocks and effect of reared escapees to the wild environment. 

Role in the project:

IOR is leader of WP2 and will have a transversal participation in most WPs, contributing mostly in molecular identification, genetic structure and population dynamic of various parasites.

Key persons involved:

  Dr. Ivona Mladineo, leader of WP2, has 15 years of experience in reared fish parasitology and over 60 SCI publications in the field of ichthyopathology. Her research focusses on marine fish parasites (description of two new species), particularly assemblages in reared tuna and sea bass and bream. She has experience in population genetic studies of monogeneans and nematodes, as well as research of host-parasite interactions using bioimaging and real-time PCR. She has led a WP in EU project AQUAMED and has been participating in SUSTAINQ and PARASITE, among other national and international projects. She is a laureate of National Award for Science in 2011 for biomedicine.
Ivana Ujevic has been working on high performance liquid chromatography analysis, mass spectrometry and atomic absorption spectrometry. She participates in numerous scientific projects, including biological and toxicological shellfish monitoring, chemical oceanography and sedimentology, as well as assessment of ecological parameters such as trace metals, biotoxins and other contaminants. Her research includes development of procedures for sample preparation as chromatographic-mass spectrometry methods for analysis of toxins and their derivatives in tissues of marine organisms. She is a lecturer at the University of Split.
Ċ½eljka Trumbic has been working at University department of Marine Studies, Split since 2010. She has received her PhD for developing a tuna microarray for health monitoring through collaboration with the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling. Her focus is on physiological response of cage-reared fish to pathogens and her previous experience includes work on bivalves pathogens, with special focus on Cryptosporidium sp. and Giardia sp. in Venus verrucosa and Mytilus galloprovincialis.
Jerko Hrabar is a PhD student working at IOR Laboratory of Aquaculture since 2014. His focus is on evaluation of pathology in different hosts system infected by larvae and adults of the Anisakis spp., and characterisation of the host response at the gene and protein level in both fresh and archival samples. He is also working with probiotic immunostimulation of seabass in experimental conditions. 

Ivana Bušelic is a PhD student working at IOR Laboratory of Aquaculture since 2013. She was employed through national governmental call for best students and appointed to FP7 PARASITE. She focuses on population dynamic and genetics of anisakid nematodes in Adriatic commercial fish species, and serodiagnosis in consumers. She is also evaluating transcriptomic responses of model hosts (rat and seabass) to Anisakis sp. experimental infection.

Anamarija Vrbatovic is a technical associate employed for the project, with a degree in Marine biology and ecology (University of Split). Her focus will be on husbandry and care of fish in experiment tanks, field sampling and data storage, testing and care of live parasites cultures for in vivo and in vitro experiments.


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