Genome analyses provide indicators for developing robust fish lines adapted to local aquaculture
Our research is focused on the analysis of molecular biological effects of combined environmental stressors on growth and immune defense in locally farmed fish. In a genome wide approach, we compare the functional diversity and gene regulation in fish under optimal and stress conditions. This will contribute to the characterization of differences in adaptation potential of fishes. Identified molecular indicators for stress detection will be used to develop facile diagnostic tests well-functioning in practical fish aquaculture. Our analyses promote the development of locally adapted fish lines characterized by robustness and without disadvantages in economically important traits.
The junior group ofthe Fish Genomics Unit investigates innate immune mechanisms in fish focusing on the detailed characterization of crucial defense factors and immune pathways in vivo and in vitro. A major aim is the generation of practice-oriented data describing the impact of abiotic and biotic stressors on the teleost immune competence. Our results may contribute to enlarge the knowledge about fish immunology and develop sustainable health care strategies for fish in aquaculture.