AQUAEXCEL3.0 builds on the previous AQUAEXCEL(FP7) and AQUAEXCEL2020 (H2020) projects and aims to further ensure research is aligned with industry needs, to boost the EU aquaculture sector by expanding the Transnational Access programme, and to develop new tools to keep pace with rapid scientific development and add value to existing tools and resources to benefit all users.
AQUAEXCEL3.0 is a research infrastructure project to support the sustainable growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe. It includes leading European aquaculture research facilities that work towards advanced integration and standardization of tools for aquaculture research.
The Applicant Kennedy Bolstad from Simon Fraser University (Canada) will use in 2022, CCMAR Ramalhete Experimental Station facilities to perform the TNA project "Development and growth of Senegalese sole exposed to different light regimes or endocrine transcriptional regulators" (PID18805).
This research will use the Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) to investigate how its growth and retinal development are affected by the spectrum of light and two regulators of cell differentiation: thyroid hormone (TH) and retinoic acid (RA). The rearing light regime affects hatching time, the ability of larvae to detect food, and the incidence of malformations. It also affects endogenous levels of transcriptional regulators like TH and RA, which are critical for organ development, growth and a successful metamorphosis. This research will expose Senegalese sole from the fertilized egg to different light spectra (blue, green, red, white, darkness) to identify a light regime that is optimal for retinal development, successful metamorphosis and growth in aquaculture. The actions of TH and RA will also be explored as modulators of retinal development and growth. This research is important to devise optimal rearing light regimes for the welfare and growth of Senegalese sole in aquaculture.