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.
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.
FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE
Scientist responsible for the project
Prof BJÖRN THRANDUR BJÖRNSSON
Sweden - SE
Phone: +46 317733691
Fax: +46 317733807
||Goteborg University - Department of Zoology/Zoophysiology
||01 October 2002
||1 357 110 €
|Total EC contribution
||1 277 610 €