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European research programs

Team 1: Evolution of Biomineralizations and Adaptations to Environmental Constraints , Team 5: Diversity and interactions in coastal ecosystems

Team 1: Evolution of Biomineralizations and Adaptations to Environmental Constraints

CaCHE

2013 to 2017

Anthropogenic driven climate change is an increasing global problem. Marine invertebrates, such as molluscs have been highlighted as being particularly at risk under future climate change scenarios due to the acidification and warming of the world’s oceans. It is predicted that their heavily calcified shells will become thinner as sea water becomes more acidic, not only changing their role as a CO2 sink but also profoundly impacting the ecological balance and biodiversity.

Team 2: Reproduction and development of aquatic organisms: evolution, adaptation, regulations

PRO-EEL

2010 to 2015

7th PCRD Programme "Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology" KBBE-2009-1-2-13, n° 245257

The PRO-EEL project aims at breeding European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in captivity. Reproduction of eel in culture has become a focus research area due a severe decline of natural stocks and an increasing interest to breed eels for a self-sustained aquaculture. PRO-EEL is an international research project supported financially by the European Commission.

REPROSEED

2009 to 2014

The key objective of the REPROSEED project is to support the capacity of European hatcheries to respond to an increasing demand for mollusc seed. Hatchery seed production of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) is already well established, while for other species (Mytilus edulis, M. galloprovincialis, Ruditapes decussatus, Pecten maximus) it remains limited due to market or biological bottlenecks.

Team 3: Adaptations to Extreme Environments

MIDAS

2014 to 2016

The ecotoxicological risks posed by deep-sea mineral extraction are complex and poorly known. Heavy metals, trace metals and Rare Earth Elements (REEs) phases may be subject to considerable alteration in the marine environment during the mining and at-sea processing of minerals. MIDAS will focus on issues related to the mining of minerals, where there is an urgent demand for information.

Team 4: Larval dispersal and communities organization in austral and tropical island systems

Team 5: Diversity and interactions in coastal ecosystems

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