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ARRDE
Arrested development: The molecular and endocrine basis of flatfish metamorphosis

Flatfish species form a major focus of the diversification of the European marine aquaculture industry. However, production has been severely hampered by biological problems in larval rearing. This project focuses on solving the major problem of arrested metamorphosis in order to control the resulting juvenile quality and production quantity reliably. This will be achieved by addressing key questions regarding the morphological, endocrine and molecular basis of metamorphosis in the Atlantic halibut.

Objectives
The objective of this proposal is to seek the biological basis for arrested metamorphosis, and thus ways to alleviate it, using the Atlantic halibut as a model species. The ultimate goal of the project is to strengthen the European aquaculture of marine flatfish species, an important emerging industry in many rural areas, by facilitating the production of fully functional juveniles.

Progress to Date
The project is progressing well, and the sampling of research material and the establishment of analytical methods are in progress.

Classified in FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

Scientist responsible for the project

Prof BJÖRN THRANDUR BJÖRNSSON
Medicinaregatan 18
41390 Göteborg
Sweden - SE

Phone: +46 317733691
Fax: +46 317733807
E-mail: thrandur.bjornsson@zool.gu.se

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-01192
Organisation Goteborg University - Department of Zoology/Zoophysiology
Area 5.1.2
Start date 01 October 2002
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 1 357 110 €
Total EC contribution   1 277 610 €
Status Ongoing

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