New Project to Develop Selective Breeding of Shellfish, Finfish

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

European UnionEUROPE – A new €9 million EU H2020 project named EMBRIC (European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster) has been launched today (1 June). The project will focus on aquaculture and natural product discovery, and will include substantial efforts into developing the resources needed for the selective breeding of shellfish and finfish.

Funded with €9 million over the next four years, EMBRIC will connect marine biotechnology initiatives that focus on science, industry and regional development.

Marine biotechnology seeks to unlock the vast economic potential presented by living systems in the world’s oceans. Fragmentation has made it difficult to exploit this potential to its fullest – for example research services that operate in isolation, barriers (practical and cultural) between academic and commercial R&D, and a lack of harmony in regional innovation policies.

EMBRIC seeks to overcome these barriers by linking biological and social science research infrastructures throughout Europe, and by joining up aligned efforts in science, industry and regions.  Read more …