Members of the consortium are carrying out the work of this project according to six research orientations. Tasks are shared between the partners according to their particular areas of expertise. Four work packages contain thematic studies focusing on aims that concern a particular stage of the bivalve life cycle:
- WP2 : Improving gamete quality at reproduction stage
- WP3 : Deep study on nutritional needs, recirculating systems and microbiota at larva stage
- WP4 : Study on immunological changes and metamorphosis inducers
- WP5 : Improving quality and quantity spat at post-larval stage
The remaining two research orientations concern all four of these development stages and cross-cut the work packages:
- Control of microbial populations for better rearing conditions depending on stage and species
- Gene expression analysis of key biological questions in bivalve reproduction and metamorphosis to detect variations through the different stages of development
The picture below shows the stages of bivalve development and how the main tasks in REPROSEED relate to them.
Next you can watch the presentation by Alexandra Leitao, a researcher at IPIMAR who tells us about ten years of research work and hatchery development and about REPROSEED’s aims in the case of clams.