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. Jos M. Raaijmakers
TELEPHONE: +31 31 747 3497

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is among the largest research institutes of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW). Worldwide, NIOO-KNAW is a centre of excellence in ecological research. It has more than 250 employees and conducts fundamental and strategic research in the broadest sense of the word: from the DNA of bacteria and fungi to the effects of global warming on biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. NIOO-KNAW consists of four departments, (i.e. microbial ecology, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology and animal ecology) and is involved in many European projects, including 2 ERC grants and several international consortia, fellowships and national grants.

NIOO-KNAW is closely linked to several national and international universities, and contributes to several teaching and training courses for MSc, PhD and postgraduate students. The involved Microbial Ecology Department holds expertise in (meta-) genomics, (meta-) transcriptomics, bioinformatics, chemistry, microbial ecology and biological control.

Role in the project:

NIOO-KNAW contributes to WP3 and WP5 with the overall aim to identify and characterize new beneficial bacteria for management of aquaculture diseases. More specifically, NIOO-KNAW will (i) assess the activity of specific bacterial taxa against specific aquaculture pathogens, and (ii) perform genomic and functional analyses of bacterial taxa with anti-parasite effects.

Key persons involved:

Jos  Prof. Dr. Jos M. Raaijmakers is head of the Microbial Ecology department at NIOO-KNAW and professor at the Institute of Biology at Leiden University, Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of experience in microbial ecology, microbial interactions, metagenomics and biological control of oomycete and fungal pathogens of plants and fish. He is specialised in deciphering microbiomes to identify beneficial microbes (bacteria, fungi) that can protect eukaryotes from infections by fungal or oomycete pathogens. He has more than 75 publications (H-factor 34) of which several are in high impact journals. His department currently consists of approximately 65 people, with 5 senior scientists, technicians, bioinformaticians, chemists, postdocs & PhD students. He has been involved in several national and international research projects, including the recent EU Marie Curie ITN SAPRO focusing on new control measures of Saprolegniosis, a devastating oomycete disease in aquaculture. He works with various small and large industrial enterprises toward the development of new sustainable control methods for emerging diseases in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Irenede  Dr. Irene de Bruijn has been working on metagenomics and comparative genomics of beneficial bacteria, on microbial interactions and on the genomics/proteomics of Saprolegnia as well as on the immune system of fish. She was awarded the Kiem Prize of the Dutch Microbiology Society for best publication and currently holds a junior scientist position at NIOO-KNAW.
Yiying  Yiying Liu, MSc. is finishing her PhD on mining the fish egg microbiome to identify new beneficial microbes for the control emerging diseases in aquaculture, including metataxonomic analyses, microbial isolations and functional characterization. She started working on the EU-Parafish project in April 2015.



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