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Competences: ULPGC is the oldest Spanish Marine Science Faculty in Spain and Aquaculture training (MSc and PhD since 1990, honour mention from Education Ministry). Grupo de Investigación en Acuicultura (GIA) (40 members) has a 30 years experience in aquaculture nutrition RTD and cooperation with European feed manufacturing and fish farming industry. GIA is particularly strong in broodstock and larval nutrition, having pioneering work in nutrient requirements definition for marine fish larvae and interactions among nutrients and throughout the life cycle. GIA has an important expertise in the effect of nutrients on fish welfare, health and resistance to diseases, particularly in relation to fish meal and oil replacement and feed additives. GIA has developed an expertise in vitro, immune-histochemical and molecular markers studies to research nutritional effects on metabolism and development. GIAs has been a major partner of EU FAIR, 5th, 6th and 7th FP programs, particularly on FM and FO replacement in alternative aquaculture feeds, including larval studies (PUFAFEED), juveniles (RAFOA, FORM), micronutrients (COLORED), broodstock selection (FAIR-CT95-0152), molecular tools for aquaculture (AQUAFIRST), diversification (SUDEVAB), large-research facilities (ARRAINAL), COST (LARVANET) or INTERREG projects, as well as National Projects (Total 135 research projects from public calls, 31 contracts with companies, 2 patents).

Material resources: Two experimental hatcheries; bio-security station for challenge tests (6 diets and 3 pathogens tested separately in triplicate along the whole life cycle); nutrition laboratory (GLCs, HPLCs, GLCs/HPLC-MS); microbiology and histology laboratory (immune-histology, confocal microscopy, electron microscopy,…); genetic laboratory (RT-PCRs).

Role: GIA-ULPGC is Leader of WP2 (delivery vectors) and leads tasks 2.3 (micronutrients delivery vectors for juveniles) 2.4. (alternative larval diets), 3.2 (mix nutrients requirements), 4.3. (health and disease resistance), 6.1. (maternal reserves through broodstock nutrition). Besides it also contributes to Tasks 1.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 6.3, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3.

Staff members’ profile:

  • Prof. M.Izquierdo, Head of GIA, works in Fish Nutrition since 1982. She has published more than 170 scientific publications in ISI journals (H index 27). She has being in more than 50 national and international research projects, including 12 EU funded, and coordinating more than a dozen.
  • Dr. D. Montero, is an expert in fish nutrition and welfare.
  • Dr. M. Caballero is a fish health veterinarian and anatomo-pathology.
  • Dr. L. Robaina works in alternative ingredients. Each one has more than 60 research papers and 120 contributions to scientific symposiums, including some invited lectures.
  • Dr. J.Roo studies larval nutrition.
  • Dr. S.Torrecillas onfeed additives on fish intestine and disease resistance challenges.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.