Bivalife Consortium

The consortium involves twelve partners from seven nations : France, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom

In recent years, the different research and surveillance activities of the BIVALIFE partners have seen strong links for sharing experiences and ideas related to shellfish disease control and management. Previous and on-going research activities undertaken by the BIVALIFE participants in bivalve disease issues have also created working relationships in the sector.

In the formation of the consortium and in consideration of the work packages, great care has been taken to ensure that the project addresses the key areas of concern expressed by the European Union through the KBBE2010.1.2-8 call, and includes the main geographical regions where oysters and mussels are cultivated. The participants in the project complement each other either in terms of the areas of expertise, and/or in their regional
locations.

One of the important points for the success of this project is that research laboratories and European national laboratories involved in the study and the monitoring of diseases in various aquaculture mollusc species work together. Each laboratory has a particular expertise.

In relation to relevant pathogens different countries provide different conditions under which to observe the behaviour of the infectious agents and thus broaden understanding of it’s role in the mortality. It is much easier for local laboratories to assess what is happening in their own country than a laboratory based in a different country.

Moreover, the consortium involves a high-tech company, which will bring to the project its unique "green" disinfection system (HOD technology), which will be adapted to the needs of research laboratories and producers in the aquaculture segment. Atlantium has had a handon working experience with leading companies in the aquaculture industry.

The combined efforts of Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian and Spanish partners should therefore provide the opportunity to greatly extend practical knowledge about how shellfish farms could fight against specific infectious diseases in three main aquacultured species.