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The aim of the AQUAGAMETE COST Action is to reach a consensus on protocols and guidelines (using internationally defined terminology, units of measurement and format of reporting) that permit the use of results in relational databanks for sound and common application in aquaculture research and commerce. There is an urgent need towards a universal scale to assess both the precise state of sexual maturation (for secure broodstock use) and related life history traits (gamete quality assessment, incubation of eggs) in teleost fish and other commercially important invertebrates used in either bioassays or aquaculture.
During the past six years, three international workshops on fish gametes demonstrated a rapid development of methodologies that encompass extensive opportunities for promising use in basic reproductive biology, genetic research, biotechnology and aquaculture practice. All of these can have far-reaching consequences on conservation of endangered species, assessment of anthropogenic and climatic impacts on aquatic species and application in aquaculture, as well as in fisheries management. In particular, it has been recognized that there are many highly diverting details in the practical application of these new methods used by most scientists and laboratories, which can cause highly variable if not contradicting results, even using the same species.
COST action management and scientific activities comprise meetings, congresses and workshops, training schools and short term training mission (STSM) program. The action has funded participation of delegates Jonna Tomkiewicz and Ian A.E. Butts in action management meetings and three AQUAGAMETE conferences, participation of two students in training schools, six short term missions (STSM) of MSC and PhD students performing work at the labs of international collaborators as well as their participation in AQUAGAMETE conferences. Exchange of students and collaboration has resulted in a series of publications enhanced through collaboration as well as enriched learning by students through international networking.
Other partners than DTU Aqua (countries and number of institutes): Austria (1), Belgium (1), Bulgaria (2), Croatia (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (3), France (3), Macedonia (1), Germany (1), Greece (4), Hungary (1), Israel (2), Italy (2), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Poland (2), Portugal (1), Serbia (1), Slovenia (2), Spain (10), Sweden (2), Turkey (2), UK (2), International Partner Countries (IPC): Brazil, Japan (1), Singapore, South Africa (1).
AQUAGAMETE is funded by COST, EU (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).
Effective start/end date01/01/201231/12/2016
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