Advancing European Aquaculture by Genome Functional Annotation
AQUA-FAANG is part of the EuroFAANG platform, a coordinated effort to unravel the connection between the genetic make-up of an animal and the observable physical and physiological traits.
Aquaculture Genomics webinar: Episodes 1 and 2 now available!
AQUA-FAANG, jointly with the AquaIMPACT project, organised a series of webinars on Aquaculture Genomics, gathering relevant speakers and stakeholders on very relevant topics such as the disease resistance and immune response, genome editing, or the future of using genomics in aquaculture.
You can watch now the first two episodes of the series, which took place between March and May 2023. We will publish soon the last episode – Stay tuned for updates!
Save the date: Final AQUA-FAANG conference
We are happy to announce that the final AQUA-FAANG conference will take place 11th-13th October 2023 in Edinburgh, UK.
This event will bring together the AQUA-FAANG consortium and stakeholders for the final time, providing a platform to showcase the results achieved over the past four and a half years.
Take part in the webinar series focus on Aquaculture Genomics this Spring
Together with Aqua IMPACT project, we are organising webinars focused on Aquaculture Genomics this Spring.
If you want to learn more, join us at our third meeting: "Genome editing and future advances", on 11 May 2023, between 14h-15h (CEST).
AQUAIMPACT "Future advances of using genomics in breeding programs" by Antti Kause (LUKE)
AQUA-FAANG "Genome editing for precision breeding" by Diego Robledo (UEDIN)
Invited speaker "Social acceptance of NGTs" by Sigrid Bratlie, a partner in the GENEinnovate research consortium and project leader at NCE Heidner Biocluster, Norway
Alan Tinch (CAT)
Ashie Norris (MOWI)
Join us to learn more about sustainable aquaculture in Europe!
Job Alert: Technician in Quantitative Genetics at CULMAREX GROUP
The CULMAREX GROUP specializes in the culture of European seabass, Gilthead seabream, and Meagre is seeking to fulfill the following job position: Technician in quantitative genetics.
Starting date: 1 April 2023
See the job offer below and take advantage of this opportunity to be part of the AQUA-FAANG project!
The AQUA FAANG project participated in the latest edition of AquaFarm
During the 15th and 16th of February, the Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science of the University of Padova drew attention to the AQUA FAANG project during the congress Aquafarm2023 held in Italy.
This year, the main theme of the congress was “sustainable aquaculture production”, which is one of the fundamental and global goal of AQUA FAANG. The close collaboration between researchers, aquaculture farms and stakeholders was highlighted, as it is peculiar to achieve the sustainable development goal of the project.
Working together for a sustainable aquaculture!
How is Aqua-FAANG project contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
During the upcoming months, we will introduce you a series of infographics where you can learn more about how our project contributes to a more sustainable aquaculture in Europe.
Follow us on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook and stay tuned!
The EuroFAANG Glossary - Watch the full series here!
The 4th issue of AQUA-FAANG newsletter is out!
We are happy to share the fourth edition of the AQUA-FAANG Newsletter.
On this new issue, you'll be able to read more about how is the project work progressing, our participation at the WCGALP 2022, how can the AQUA-FAANG results be implemented in Stolt Sea Farm, and much more!
We hope you will enjoy reading!
Now available! AQUA-FAANG animation video in Greek
Using genetics to support sustainable aquaculture: results from 20 years of breeding rainbow trout
The world’s oceans can no longer sustain the ever-rising demand for fish. Aquaculture offers an alternative approach – if production is sustainable and high quality. INRAE, the Aqualande group and its selective breeding company Les Sources de l’Avance, and the French Poultry and Aquaculture Breeders Technical Center (SYSAAF) reviewed data from 20 years of a rainbow trout breeding programme conducted by the company. They compared the growth and nutrition needs of trout from this programme with those of an unselected trout population. Their findings, published in Aquaculture Reports, show that selected trout need 17% to 20% less feed to achieve the same growth as the unselected ones. As a result, the environmental impacts of fish farming can be reduced. A locally produced feed, made without fish oil, fishmeal or soy, was also tested on both groups of fish. The fish fed this “future” feed, which has similar nutritional characteristics, achieved similar growth performance. These unique results show that selective breeding and innovative feed sources can be effectively combined to make aquaculture more sustainable.
Read the full article and learn more about sustainable aquaculture!
EuroFAANG AQUA-FAANG workshop: methods to use and reuse the AQUA-FAANG data and Ensembl resources to advance science
This one and a half day workshop will provide detailed training on methods to use and reuse the wealth of data generated by the EuroFAANG AQUA-FAANG project.
AQUA-FAANG aims to improve understanding the genome function and usage of genotype-to-phenotype prediction in the six most important European farmed fish species (EUROPEAN SEABASS | GILTHEAD SEABREAM | RAINBOW TROUT | ATLANTIC SALMON | COMMON CARP | TURBOT).
The seminar will primarily focus on the comprehensive and integrated annotation of these six species by the Ensembl genome browser. The course will also include a deeper dive from the Ensembl analysis teams into gene annotation and regulation, and demonstrations of the specific analyses and research conducted by AQUA-FAANG scientists.
AQUA-FAANG animation movie in more languages
The AQUA-FAANG project involves the aquaculture sector in Europe and its six more important farmed fish species. In order to expand and enhance our message, we are happy to introduce you our animation movie in different languages so more people can learn and understand what we do. The movie is now available in Spanish and French.
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3rd issue of AQUA-FAANG Newsletter is out!
AQUA-FAANG project is going on with lots of new results, activities and contents, so it's high time we released the 3rd issue of our Newsletter!
On this freshly baked issue you'll be able to find some of the most relevant scientific publications, the report of our Anual General Meeting in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), featured scientists, partners, video content, and more!
HATCHERY Feed & Management promotes the AQUA-FAANG project
AQUA-FAANG Young Researchers movie
AQUA-FAANG project counts on a brilliant team of scientists who are accomplishing relevant research in aquaculture.
In this video, you'll be able to meet Joanna, Ada and Annemiek, three young researchers who study the genetics of the common carp, one of the six different species within AQUA-FAANG.
Do you want to learn more about the research process they are carrying out? Have a look to our video!
Watch the AQUA-FAANG animated movie
The AQUA-FAANG project aims to better understand how the genes of fish are being expressed to influence traits of commercial importance. Knowing how the genome functions is crucial for safer and more sustainable aquaculture activities.
Not only is it relevant what we do, but also how we communicate it. Therefore, we would like to introduce you the AQUA-FAANG animated movie that we have produced for an easy and reachable understanding.
We hope you enjoy watching it!
Scientific terms for everyone
In most Horizon 2020 projects, the vocabulary is often very much influenced by scientific terms, specific ways of expressing a situation, impact, or a specific scientific area in general.
For us, it is highly important that people outside the labs and libraries understand what is going on, and what a scientific term means. Scientific terms like “DNA Methylation” are not common for the wider citizens of Europe. We want to change this.
We have discovered a series of scientific terms used in our scientific publications, general content, online debates, and discussions. These are words that the European Union also uses when publishing news, legislation, and policy updates from time to time.
Over the next 10 weeks, we will explain a series of scientific terms. Explanations will come from a mix of scientists connected to the project with creative animations explaining what the term means and why it is used in relation to EuroFAANG.
We hope you will enjoy the videos, share them with your network and learn with us!
Sigbjørn Lien - NMBU
Project Deputy Coordinator
Daniel J. Macqueen - UEDIN
Project Deputy Coordinator
Çağla Yüksel Kaya Kuyululu - EFFAB
The AQUA-FAANG project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No 817923. 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.