Project: Microalgae Microbiomes – A natural source for the prevention and treatment of diseases in aquaculture

Acronym AquaHealth (Reference Number: 34)
Duration 01/05/2020 - 30/04/2023
Project Topic Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food sectors in the world. In order to guarantee continuous, efficient and sustainable production and to safeguard the growth of this important sector, its protection from biological threats is crucial. Within the AquaHealth project, an international consortium of highly experienced partners will assemble and apply an advanced meta'omics toolbox on the natural synergy of microalgae and microbial consortia associated with fish to discover and validate novel bioactive and prebiotic candidates for sustainable use in preventing and treating disease in land-based aquaculture systems. Targeted classes include biofilm and microbial pathogens inhibiting enzymes, peptides and small molecules, and antiviral drugs such as reverse-transcriptase inhibitors. This primary objective will be addressed in seven work packages
Project Results
(after finalisation)
A panel of novel microalgae together with their associated microbiome isolated and taxonomically characterized » Biodiversity consisting of draft genomes, draft metagenomes and cloned libraries for exploitation » An integrated omics' pipeline adapted to bioprospecting microalgae microbiomes » Identified and confirmed antibiofilm compounds (5), confirmed antiviral compounds (< 5) and prebiotic culture(s) (>1) for further evaluation » Reported results on 1-2 novel compounds, including up-scaled cultivation of selected microalgae, downstream processing and effect analysis in in vitro and in vivo testing » Make explicit the technological pathway between the identification of bioactive molecules and their commercial application » Life cycle assessment of production of aquatic biomass and derived molecules
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Hamburg University of Technology Coordinator Germany
2 Aalborg University Partner Denmark
3 University of Hamburg Partner Germany
4 SINTEF AS, by its institute SINTEF Industry Partner Norway
5 Sea & Sun Technology GmbH Partner Germany
6 Aalborg University Partner Denmark