Bacteriophage based technology to control Flavobacteria pat-hogens in aquaculture - FLAVOPHAGE (FLAVOPHAGE)

Main funder

Funds granted by main funder (€)

302 326,00

Funding program

Others, AoF (Academy of Finland)

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/04/2017

Project end date: 31/10/2020


The objective of FLAVOPHAGE is to improve the sustainability of aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region by developing environmentally balanced strategies to control the important Flavobacteria pathogens without harming the surrounding microbiota, hence reducing the environmental impact of antibiotic use, and increase productivity and food safety.
By applying a novel approach using phages for pathogen control, we aim at providing robust and sus-tainable alternatives to traditional chemical treatments of fish diseases which aims at
1) Reducing fish mortality and increasing production efficiency
2) Minimizing need for antibiotic use and dispersal in the environment
3) Decreasing feed conversion ratio, hence reducing eutrophication
4) Increasing fish welfare and food and water safety
Specifically, the project will provide an array of new tools to control and prevent infectious diseases in salmonid hatcheries, primarily rainbow trout, and caged farms by targeting key bacterial pathogens in these systems: Flavobacterium psychrophilum, and Flavobacterium columnare.

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