Advancing knowledge and acquiring expertise in shellfish research by investigating environmental, neuroendocrine and endocrine control of key stages in oyster aquaculture, using a rhythmic approach
The rapid worldwide expansion of marine bivalve aquaculture has led to a growing demand for hatchery seed production. Increase in production has however been hampered by a lack of physiological synchrony of individuals, creating problems with reproduction and metamorphosis. The project Neuroshell, centres on the environmental and neuroendocrine control mechanisms of reproduction and metamorphosis in bivalves, using native oyster as a model.
Research will focus on unraveling the neuroendocrine systems, that can act as mediators integrating environmental information (light, temperature) with downstream physiological processes. The project aims to provide basic and practical knowledge for the improved control of key life stages in bivalve aquaculture, as well as information of phylogenetic interest in the evolution of neuropeptides/hormones and the processes in which they are involved in invertebrates.
Neuroshell is funded by a three year EU H2020 Marie Curie individual fellowship awarded to researcher Mairi Cowan, in collaboration with Adam Hughes.