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. Ariadna Sitja-Bobadilla

CSIC is the largest public research institution in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress. CSIC covers all fields of knowledge from basic to applied research. CSIC has signed 724 FP7 actions, including 62 coordinated by CSIC and 45 ERC projects. CSIC participates in ParaFishControl through the Instituto de Acuicultura Torre de la Sal (IATS), the Real Jardín Botánico (RJB) and the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM). IATS deals with all the fields of marine aquaculture, from basic to applied aspects, with permanent contact with the aquaculture industry. RJB aims at understanding the diversity of plants and fungi in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. IIM research is focused on fisheries, oceanography, marine biology, aquaculture and food technology.

The involved CSIC teams hold expertise to carry out scientific research in:

  • IATS: Fish parasites, pathology, immune response, diagnostics, genomics, nutrigenomics.
  • RJB: Fungal and oomycete parasites, development biology, systematics, evolution and epidemiology.
  • IIM: Pathology, immune response, genomics, NGS, seafood safety in relation to emergent food-borne parasites, marine biobanking.

Role in the project:

CSIC is the project coordinator and leader of WP4 and WP9 and will have a transversal participation in all the WPs. IATS will have special contribution to activities concerning Enteromyxum leei, E. scophthalmi, Enterospora nucleophila and Sparicotyle chrysophrii. RJB will have a key role in activities related to Saprolegnia parasitica and IIM will have a key role in WP1, WP6 and WP7 and a special contribution to tasks related to biobanking and turbot immune response.

Key persons involved:

ariadna Dr. Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla, the project coordinator and WP9 leader, is head of the Fish Pathology group at IATS. She has 25 years of research experience in aquaculture and more than 100 publications in SCI journals and has been head of department for 11 years. Her research focuses on marine fish parasites (14 new species descriptions), particularly myxozoans, monogeneans and protistans, mainly on fish immune response, host-parasite relationships and pathology. She has a strong experience in EU projects, with continuous participation since 2000, and strong leadership and coordination skills in national and international projects. 
  Dr. Oswaldo Palenzuela is the leader of WP4. His research topics are cell biology and evolution of myxozoans, and the diagnosis and control of emerging parasitic diseases in Mediterranean aquaculture. He has co-authored over 50 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. He leads research activities and diagnostic services at IATS and has participated in numerous national and EU-funded projects.
perez Prof. Jaume Pérez-Sánchez is the head of the Department of Marine Species Biology, Culture and Pathology of IATS, and previously director of IATS for 11 years. He has more than 25 years of experience of fish nutrigenomics and endocrinology of growth and has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters. He has lead and participated in national and European projects for the last 20 years. He will have a key role in transcriptomics of sea bream and sea bass in WP1.
  Dr. Javier Diéguez, head of the Molecular Systematics Laboratory of RJB, has 23 years of research experience on biology, biodiversity, developmental biology, systematics, evolution and epidemiology of fungal parasites especially oomycetes and animal parasites. He has published over 70 scientific articles and has led the WP on biodiversity of a recent EU Marie Curie ITN focused on Saprolegnia (SAPRO).
santiago Dr. Santiago Pascual holds 20 years of research experience at IIM with 100 scientific articles in SCI journals. He has great skills and background in ecology of marine parasites and parasite-induced pathology in marine organisms. He has led and participated in many EU and national projects performing multidisciplinary studies on disease epidemiology, from marine contamination to biodiversity and fisheries management. He is the coordinator of the EU project PARASITE.
angel Dr. Ángel F. González head the Marine Resources and Ecology department and the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity Research Group (ECOBIOMAR), holds 23 years in research at IIM. He has published more than 100 papers on mainstream SCI journals and leaded many EU and national multidisciplinary research projects on marine ecology and biodiversity. He is the co-coordinator of the EU project PARASITE and responsible of the Biobanking solution in this project.
  Dr. Beatriz Novoa is the head of the Immunology and Genomics group at IIM. She has published 150 SCI articles and several books and book chapters. Her main area of research is the molecular basis of the immune response of fish and molluscs, using functional genomics as an approach to understand the interaction with pathogens. She has coordinated the national Project Aquagenomics, a large Spanish consortium applying biotechnological tools to aquaculture research and coordinated and participated in several EU and national projects. She will participate in WP1 and WP3 in the immune response of turbot.



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