Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries

The Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) is a Public Corporation established by the Catalan government (Generalitat of Catalonia), which comprises 16 research centres and eight experimental stations distributed all over Catalonia (northeast Spain). Its main goals are to stimulate research and technological development within the agriculture, food and environmental areas by enhancing coordination and collaboration with the public and private sectors. In 2008, IRTA had 597 R&D staff, 53% women and 47% men and a total available resource of 43.2 million Euros.

The IRTA research centre participating in this project is the Sant Carles de la Ràpita Centre which is located at the Ebro Delta close to coastal embayments that constitute an active aquaculture production area and it is, therefore, a strategic placement for conducting research in aquaculture, and coastal and river ecosystems. The research in aquaculture is focused on reproduction, nutrition, larvae culture and pathology for new and established aquatic species of mainly marine organisms.

Furthermore, environmental research, fundamentally linked to bivalve aquaculture, is carried out in order to understand how the ecosystems and the processes that take place in the natural environment work. The research concerning shellfish pathology undertaken at IRTASant Carles de la Ràpita, focuses mainly on parasites and bacterial pathogens relevant for the commercial shellfisheries in the area of the Ebro Delta as well as recent research concerning the pathology, epidemiology and origins of oyster summer mortalities in C. gigas. It has also recently been proposed as the Catalonian Reference Laboratory for Mollusc.

Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries,

Crta. Poble Nou s/n. Apartat de Correus 200,

43540 Sant Carles de la Rapita,


Tel.: 977 745427

Fax: 977 744138

Contact : Dolors Furones