CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Linda Andersen
TELEPHONE: +47 55 54 38 81
IILAB is an R&D contract laboratory within Aquaculture. It is a non-profit organisation as it is a foundation. ILAB has more than 20 years of experience in running fish experiments for clients. Specific pathogen-free salmon is produced for experiments, and ILAB also breeds and supply customers with all life stages of salmon lice. ILAB also keeps the parasitic amoeba Paramoeba perurans in continuous culture at their facilities. The foundation may offer challenge models for salmon lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis and the amoeba P. perurans. ILAB may provide state-of –the art wet laboratory facilities in central Bergen, Norway, with more than 240 fish tanks available within the range of 4-30 °C and 0-34 ppt. ILAB has a very flexible and adjustable tank system as every second tank may be set up with different water qualities, i.e. different combinations of salinities and temperatures.
ILAB is a contract laboratory that facilitates aquatic research activity, i.e. the physical and practical setup of the experiments, but usually researchers / clients provide their own clinical scientists for experiments. Nevertheless, through more than 20 years of experience with all aspects of fish experiments, the involved ILAB team hold expertise to facilitate scientific research with fish bacteria, viruses and parasites, but holds challenge expertise especially related to:
- Sea Lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis
- Parasitic amoeba Paramoeba perurans
- Salmonid alphavirus (SAV)
Role in the project:
ILAB is a contributor to WP3, 5 and 8. ILAB will have a key role in the activities related to L. Salmonis trials and P. paramoeba. Moreover, ILAB has experience with ultrasound as an anti-parasitic method and will bring this expertise into the ParaFishControl project.
Key persons involved:
Dr. Linda Andersen is Head of Research and Development and aqua medicine biologist at ILAB. She has worked extensively with pancreas disease (PD) in salmon caused by salmonid alphavirus. Recently she developed a challenge model at ILAB for AGD and an assay method for determining the shedding of amoebae during infections. She has experience in designing and carrying out infection studies for the aquaculture, pharmaceutical and feed industries, especially related to salmon viruses, sea lice and amoeba.
Jan Ove Wedaa is Head of Operation at ILAB. He is educated as an aquaculture engineer and was one of the pioneers building the contract laboratory 25 years ago and has more than 20 years of hands-on experience working with fish experiments (vaccination and safety studies, challenge tests). His specialty is sea-lice experiments; breeding of lice, challenge tests, vaccination and safety experiments in addition to treatments).
Dr. Anne Sverdrup is Senior Adviser at ILAB. She is a fish physiologist with experience within the nervous system of fish especially related to pain perception and fish welfare. She is the animal welfare officer at ILAB and has more than 30 years of experience with aquaculture experiments. She is also employed at the Bergen University College where she has lectured in human physiology for 10 years.