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Bridging genomes: an integrated genomic approach toward genetic improvement of aquacultured fish species *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-01797
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,227,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,288,463 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
Biotechnological and scientific expertise will be transferred from model organisms, mainly zebrafish, to commercial aquaculture species, the gilthead sea bream, via the comparative mapping approach. The tools generated in the current project, microsatellites and coding genes, will be used to generate physical and linkage maps for about 1 500 markers of Type I and Type II and will be indispensable for breeding programmes which aim to select for economically important traits. Among species of commercial interest, the zebrafish is an excellent candidate, because of its small genome (1.1pg/haploid cell) and high variability for microsatellites. Extending and refining the comparative approach within teleosts (by generating a second species gene map with extensive coverage) will permit better understanding of vertebrate genomes and their evolution.

Objectives:
The present project will use a far-reaching but careful approach to: - transfer genetic information from model organisms to commercial species; - transfer technology and know-how from leading laboratories in genome analysis and mapping to more classical fish genetics laboratories, as well as knowledge from an interesting biological model, the sea bream, in the opposite direction; - bridge the gaps in maps by merging physical and linkage maps; - bridge the distance between research and industry; - integrate evolutionary theory and modern technology to generate an applied end point; - integrate genome maps of various teleost with data from higher vertebrates, thanks to the high potential of comparative mapping.


Coordinator
Eleftherios ZOUROS
INSTITUTE OF MARINE BIOLOGY OF CRETE
Iraklion
GREECE
Tel.: +30 81242022
Fax: +30 81241882
E-mail: zouros@imbc.gr


Partners
  Aristidis BELLES
NIREUS CHIOS AQUACULTURE S.A.
Hiliadou
GREECE
Tel.: +30 16624280
Fax: +30 16626803
E-mail: chairman@nireus.com
  Christina BESTA
ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 31996745
Fax: +30 31200392
E-mail: research@rc.agro.auth.gr
  Gian Antonio DANIELI
UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA
Padova
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0498276215
Fax: +39 0498276209
E-mail: danieli@civ.bio.unipd.it
  Joseph DISHON
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MARICULTURE, ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC & LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LTD
Eilat
ISRAEL
Tel.: +972 48515202
Fax: +972 48511911
E-mail: dishon@ocean.org.il
  Josť Ferreira Pereira FERRAZ
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Faro
PORTUGAL
Tel.: +351 289800902
Fax: +351 289817079
  Robert GEISLER
MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER ENTWICKLUNGSBIOLOGIE

GERMANY
Tel.: +49 7071601443
Fax: +49 7071601384
E-mail: robert.geisler@tuebingen.mpg.de
  Joachim GRYSPOLAKIS
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Chania (Crete)
GREECE
Tel.: +30 82128401
Fax: +30 82128417
E-mail: mgrysp@science.tuc.gr
  Alain MARCHAL
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE DELEGATION REGIONALE BRETAGNE ET PAYS DE LA LOIRE
Rennes
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 99286812
Fax: +33 2 99286801
E-mail: Rene.Quris@dr17.cnrs.fr