Mr Johan Nielsen

Consultant and farmer, Aquamind, Denmark

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Spatting Pond)

Project affiliation

Breeding flat oysters for Bonamia resistance in Denmark

I have worked with spatting ponds for 8 years and have found it works really good for flat oyster production and spat on shell for bottom culture production I am interested in spatting ponds and bottom culture and ways to improve that Restauration is in my view bottomculture without harvest, so my experience would translate very well for that.

E-Mail: jn@aquamind.dk
Web: www.aquamind.dk

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Dr. John Prescott

CEO, Fish Disease Dolau Ltd, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Disease, Genetics

Founded 1st Shellfish Hatchery in Europe, i.e Scottish Sea Farms Ltd, now a salmon only producer. We produced edulis and gigas also for a while merceneria.

E-Mail: johnrayprescott@gmail.com

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Dr. Jasper van Houcke

HZ University of Applied Sciences, Nederland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture

Production of oysters (with main focus on grow-out: systems and management). Quality and biochemical composition of broodstock, larvae and market-ready oysters). Sensory and consumer preferances (market-ready oysters).

E-Mail: j.van.houcke@hz.nl

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Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer

Professor of Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, UK and Japan

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Public Outreach

I work on the effects of ocean acidification and warming on oysters and other aquaculture species, as well as on biogenic habitats and marine invasive species. This research is mainly based in the NE Atlantic, the Mediterranean, China and Japan. I am President of the British Phycological Society with an interest in how the movement of oysters can present biosecurity challenges as well as major ecosystem benefits.

E-Mail: jhall-spencer@plymouth.ac.uk
Web: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/jason-hall-spencer

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Prof. Ioannis Giantsis

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Macedonia, Greece, Greece

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Genetics, Invasive Species

I am an Assistant Professor of Animal Genetics in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Macedonia, Greece. My research interest and expertise includes, inter alia, molecular genetics and genomics of bivalve species, with a particular focus on population biology, detection of bivalve pathogens and new invasive parasites, bivalve physiology, and development and / or application of molecular markers for the discrimination of closely related species in the context of traceability issues. Effects of climate change on the general ecology of bivalves fall under my research interests as well. Finally, all aspects of aquaculture are also among my research interests.

E-Mail: igiants@agro.auth.gr

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Dr. Anamarija Frankic

Research Professor, University of Zadar Croatia, Croatia

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Site Selection

Project affiliation

NORRI.ie

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Gerard Macdonald

Manager, Orasay Edulis, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out)

Orasay Edulis is based on the island of Barra in the Western Isles of Scotland. We take seed from disease free hatcheries and grow them using the latest aquaculture methods to get the best growth and survival. The waters around Barra do not have a population of edulis. We know this because neither divers nor dredgers have found live stock; there are no old shells turning up on our shores; our local Pacific oyster farm sees no settlement of edulis on either shells or on equipment. All of the above is very important for biosecurity reasons. We recently (July 2020) took in 100,000 O. edulis seed from Morecambe bay hatchery and have been growing them in suspended culture. Growth and survival has been good to date. We are happy to discuss supply of stock to meet your project's needs.

E-Mail: thenamesgerard@gmail.com

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Dr. Stein Mortensen

Senior scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Public Outreach

Microbiologist, spesialization in bivalve health and disease transmission. Experience from projects on oyster, mussel and scallop aquaculture. Leading a National Reference Laboratory function on diagnostics of bivalve diseases in Norway and a healtth monitoring programme, including wild and farmed populations of flat oysters and mussels. Leading a Nordic collaborative network on Pacific oysters in Scandinavia, studying the spreading dynamics, mitigation as well as a potential exploration of Pacific oysters as a new resource. Also involved in public outreach through communication with stakeholders, including managers.

E-Mail: stein.mortensen@hi.no
Web: https://www.hi.no/hi

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Mr Tristan Hugh-Jones

Atlantic Shellfish Ltd. / Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery, Ireland / Scotland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Disease, Genetics, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery, Spatting Pond, Wild Fishery)

Project affiliation

Loch Ryan, SW Scotland.

Atlantic Shellfish Ltd. has been breeding O. edulis since 1969, by using 22 breeding ponds in Cork Harbour, capable of producing 100 tonnes / year of marketable oysters. The ponds are used to produce spat, which are then grown and fattened in the North Channel of the harbour. The company mainly supplies the restaurant market, with fully grown, well graded oysters, packed to the customers need. Atlantic Shellfish also is running the Loch Ryan wild native oyster fishery in South West Scotland, which has a sustainable, natural production of O. edulis which is free from Bonamia. These are mostly harvested for the restaurant market also. The company has depuration tanks in London, and is able to supply the UK market overnight with O. edulis and C. gigas, along with exports from Heathrow.

E-Mail: tristan@oysters.co.uk
Web: www.rossmoreoysters.com

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Mr Kelsey Thompson

Director, Seasalter (Walney) Ltd T/A Morecambe Bay Oysters, England

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery)

Bivalve hatchery operator and oyster farming specialist, currently supplying Native oyster seed to aquaculture operators and restoration projects alike.

E-Mail: info@morecambebayoysters.co.uk

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Mr Stuart Hancock

Research and Development, Fabrication and management, STARTUP TEAM - East Coast and Thames Estuary Lobster Hatchery, Oyster Fishery and Processing, UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Hatchery, Spatting Pond, Wild Fishery)

Project affiliation

Just Joined Native Oyster Network also have Support From Essex Univeristy and support from Padstow Hatchery

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Dr. Jose M. Fariñas-Franco

Assistant Lecturer, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

I'm a marine ecologist and scientific diver studying the ecological functioning of marine habitats of high biodiversity, especially biogenic habitats formed by shellfish, the effects of anthropogenic impacts and the development of novel approaches for impact amelioration and ecological restoration. I have expertise in the aquaculture of biogenic reef forming bivalves (oysters, horse mussels) with the purpose of ecological restoration, site selection of restoration and translocation and monitoring of success using biodiversity of the associated community, survival and recruitment as metrics. In the past I have worked in several shellfish restoration projects such as the Modiolus Restoration Plan in Strangford Lough (Northern Ireland), monitoring condition and recovery in horse mussel Modiolus modiolus populations following restoration, and the Dornoch Firth Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) in Scotland for the reintroduction of the native oyster Ostrea edulis, largely working on site selection and historical ecology.

E-Mail: josemaria.farinas-franco@gmit.ie

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Dr. Ana Bratoš Cetinić

University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Historical Ecology, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out)

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Dr. Stéphane POUVREAU

Marine biologist - Benthic ecologist - Scientific diver, Ifremer (French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea), France

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

Project affiliation

The FOREVER (Flat Oyster REcoVERy) project

Stéphane is a marine biologist, working at Ifremer near Brest, in France. His current research is focused on the ecology and ecophysiology of temperate marines bivalves especially the flat oyster, the pacific oyster, but also the pectinids (Black and Great scallops). In another life during his PhD, he has also worked on the pearl oyster ecology in French Polynesia. Most of his projects is connected with conservation, restoration, aquaculture & fisheries. He is in charge of a national long term monitoring program on the pacific oyster reproduction (VELYGER) and a regional project on the flat oyster ecology & restoration (FOREVER). He is also involved in a new project on the black scallop ecology (MASCOET). Locally, Stéphane co-animates a regional research site (ZABRI) in relation with the International Long Term Ecological Research Network (ILTER). He is also a scientific diver and cannot conceive his work without going regularly at field !

E-Mail: Stephane.Pouvreau@Ifremer.fr
Web: https://www-iuem.univ-brest.fr/lemar/?lang=en

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Mr Raimund Weber

Hatchery Manager, ORKNEY SHELLFISH HATCHERY, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Seed Production

On behalf of OSH, we are focused on the reliable production of disease free O. edulis spat. We utilise high intensity influent and effluent sterilisation as well as a number of RASs and novel spawning and setting systems to achieve this.

E-Mail: info@orkneyshellfishhatchery.co.uk
Web: www.orkneyshellfishhatchery.co.uk

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Mr James Murphy

Marine Scientist, ARC Marine, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration

Project affiliation

De Rijke Noordzee

ARC Marine specialises in accelerating reef creation of damaged marine ecosystems. We develop innovative marine solutions utilising our Reef Cube technology that incorporate a nature inclusive design to habitat creation/restoration in the aquaculture, coastal defense, renewable energy and sub sea asset protection. Reef systems, including biogenic reefs, are some of the most productive and biologically diverse systems on earth and the more we can restore/create the better the benefits for us all. I oversee all our day to day operations of our projects and I have a keen interest in diving (both commercial and recreational) and with restoring as many habitats as possible to aid our vision of creating healthy, productive seas once again. Having been involved in various marine monitoring and ecological enhancement projects between the UK and Asia i am passionate in the belief that the creation of healthy marine habitats will be accomplished.

E-Mail: james.murphy@arcmarine.co.uk
Web: www.arcmarine.co.uk

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Dr. JOHN A. THEODOROU

Assistant Professor, DEPT OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION, FISHERIES & AQUACULTURE, Greece

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production, Site Selection

John A. Theodorou is a Shellfish Biologist (MSc University of Wales at Bangor, UK) specialized in Aquaculture and the Fisheries Product Quality Management & Marketing (Hull University, UK). His Ph.D. thesis referred to the Risk Analysis of the Mediterranean mussel farming (Ph.D. Gent University, Belgium). He has 20 years of hands-on experience in mussel farming and contributed to over 30 industrial and academic projects. As an expert, he contributed to the development of the FAO-GFCM Shellfish Demonstrative Centre in the Black Sea (2018). He coordinates 3 ongoing projects related to the: effects of the pearl oysters (i) and ascidians (ii) in shellfish activities and the (iii) use of aquaculture techniques for population recovery of the endangered Pinna nobilis. He is served as Assistant Professor in the School of Animal Production, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Patras University, Greece. He published 22 research papers and contributed to 13 book chapters of concerned actions.

E-Mail: jtheo@upatras.gr
Web: http://asfa.upatras.gr/?page_id=1888

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Dr. Eve Galimany

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification

Project affiliation

The Mar Menor oyster project (OstraMM)

I have a PhD from the University of Barcelona obtained in 2010. My research background is in the ecology, biology, and pathology of benthic invertebrates, with a particular focus on the ecological role that filter-feeders, such as bivalves, play in the ecosystem. I have studied the role of bivalves in shaping coastal environments, e.g. mitigating the symptoms of eutrophication, reducing the occurrence of harmful and nuisance algal blooms, and restoring ecosystem functions. Also, I have investigated how the environment can affect the health and physiology of the invertebrates themselves including both immune and pathological studies. My research has provided valuable information for the management of aquaculture species, fisheries and natural resources, as well as for conservation and restoration purposes.

E-Mail: galimany@icm.csic.es

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Dr. Irrintzi Ibarrola

Senior Lecturer (Tenure), University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Site Selection

Project affiliation

The Mar Menor Oyster Project

Senior lecturer in Comparative and environmental animal physiology in the University of the Basque Country (North Spain). My research (since 1989) is focused on the physiological energetics of marine bivalves. This includes multidisciplinary analysis (physiology, cell biology, genomics) of the effect that exogenous variables (temperature, salinity, food availability) exert on the physiological performance, growth and reproduction of the bivalves at individual scale. In the last 10 years, my research is focused on the physiological and genetic basis of the endogenously determined inter-individual differences in growth rate in both hatchery produced and wild populations of bivalves.

E-Mail: irrintzi.ibarrola@ehu.eus

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Dr. Tom Cameron

Senior Lecturer in Ecology, School of Life Sciences, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Site Selection

Project affiliation

ENORI

I am an applied ecologist working in marine and freshwater habitats to understand the consequences of individual variation in behaviour, survival, growth and reproduction of organisms in a population, community and evolution context. A great deal of the research in my group at Essex is on shellfish and fish including aquaculture and wild fisheries, and restoration and recovery of fish and shellfish stocks and habitats. At Essex we work from individual physiological responses of shellfish in our marine laboratories to the ecology of on bed mariculture and fisheries at multiple spatial scales. We work closely with oyster producers in Essex and beyond to deliver sustainable and profitable businesses and food security from the blue growth sector. Beyond shellfish and fish our group also works on saltmarshes, coastal marshes, mudflat and seagrass beds from microbial ecosystem functions to carbon capture and all services in between.

E-Mail: tcameron@essex.ac.uk
Web: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/camer52908/thomas-cameron

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Dr. Fiz da Costa

Project Manager, University of Vigo, Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Seed Production

Project affiliation

The Mar Menor Oyster Project

I have more than 15 years of research experience in bivalve aquaculture (oysters, clams and razor clams). I have worked as researcher in academia and also as Research and Development engineer in private hatcheries. My research focus on the development of hatchery and nursery rearing for bivalves; embryological and larval development of bivalves; the impact of microbiology on hatchery culture of bivalves; nutritional and biochemical studies of diferent phases of bivalve culture; and bivalve selective breeding.

E-Mail: fiz.costa.gonzalez@uvigo.es

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Ms Monica Fabra

PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Genetics, Invasive Species, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Oyster Supplier (Hatchery)

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project

I am a marine biologist, specialised in Marine Ecology, currently PhD student at the Institute of Marine Sciences of Portsmouth (University of Portsmouth, UK). My research involves the hatchery production of the native oyster O.edulis as spat-on-shell for restoration in the Solent. I am investigating the genetic implications surrounding the employment of locally adapted broodstock from disease-affected areas, for the hatchery production of native oyster seed for restoration purposes, monitoring the genetic diversity and potential disease-resistance during the whole production process. I am also investigating the mechanisms of competitive exclusion of C. fornicata, assessing the factors responsible for the inhibition of O. edulis natural recruitment in the Solent. During my most recent work experience, I've been running an aquarium based experiment to investigate the role of microplastics as pathogen vectors. All my previous experiences include projects related to the biodiversity and conservation fields of study.

E-Mail: monica.fabra@port.ac.uk

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Dr. Andrew Woolmer

Marine Ecologist / Oyster Farmer, Atlantic Edge Oysters (Tethys Oysters Ltd), UK

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Invasive Species, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Seed Production, Site Selection, Oyster Supplier (Grow-out, Spatting Pond)

Project affiliation

Mumbles Oyster Restoration Project, Welsh Native Oyster Restoration Project

A marine biologist with long history in oyster restoration and wild fisheries management. He developed and run a successful restoration project in Swansea Bay (Wales) which has reported early indications of spill over and recruitment. An advisor to UK Government agencies he has recently produced a number of advice documents and strategy reports. He is currently involved in restoration projects in Wales and Cornwall and has advised on a number of similar projects across the UK. Most recently he has developed a commercial oyster farm in Pembrokeshire which grows Ostrea edulis for restoration alongside a commercial crop of Crassostrea gigas to support the activity. The next step is development of spatting ponds to produce cost-effective native oyster seed.

E-Mail: andy@atlanticedgeoysters.co.uk
Web: www.atlanticedgeoysters.co.uk

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Ms Sadar Aslam

PhD Scholar, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Expertise

Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Oyster Supplier (Hatchery)

Project affiliation

Field and GIS validation of oyster stocks and reef ecosystem of Hab River Delta Balochistan, Pakistan: A Conservation Approach

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Dr. Luke Helmer

Scientific Officer, Blue Marine Foundation / University of Portsmouth / University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Oyster Habitat Restoration, Public Outreach, Seed Production, Site Selection

Project affiliation

Solent Oyster Restoration Project / The Wild Oysters Project

Primarily focused on providing a strong scientific foundation for the Solent Oyster Restoration Project, my intrests are broad as there are many issues to consider within our system. My previous research has involved invasive species, restoration aquaculture systems, disease and associated biodiversity. More recently we have been working on scaling up reef restoration and I have been encouraging the movement towards integrated ecosystem restoration (Oysters, Saltmarsh, Seagrass and Kelp). Outreach, communication and engement with a range of audiences is also something that I keen to develop across Europe following our successful activities in the UK.

E-Mail: luke@bluemarinefoundation.com
Web: https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/projects/solent/

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Dr. Antonio Villalba

Senior Researcher, Centro de Investigacións Mariñas, Consellería do mar da Xunta de Galicia, Spain

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea angulata, Other Bivalve Species
Aquaculture, Disease

I am working on mollusc diseases since 1986, mostly focused on solving problems of the shellfish industry caused by diseases. In the last 10 years, this research has been mostly devoted to perkinsosis of clams, bonamiosis of flat oysters, marteiliosis of cockles, summer mortality of Pacific oysters, mollusc cancer, mass mortality of Pinna nobilis and cultured mussel mortality.

E-Mail: antonio.villalba.garcia@xunta.gal

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Dr. Boze Hancock

Senior Marine Habitat Restoration Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, United States

Expertise

Ostrea edulis
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Disease, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Genetics, Historical Ecology, Monitoring, Site Selection

Developing the science, networks and communication to allow the scale-up of shellfish reef restoration to address habitat destruction on an ecologically meaningful scale. This includes developing the primary science to support restoration and quantifying the ecosystem services provided by the restored habitat, translating that science into formats accessible to a variety of practitioners and facilitating knowledge exchange across a range of projects, geographies and taxa.

E-Mail: BHANCOCK@TNC.ORG

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Dr. Åsa Strand

Senior researcher, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea gigas
Aquaculture, Biosecurity, Ecosystem Service Quantification, Invasive Species, Monitoring, Seed Production

Project affiliation

IVL

Sustainable use of bivalve populations with special emphasis on management of native and non-native bivalves and aquaculture. More specifically in aquaculture: semi-intensive and extensive seed production of oysters and mussels and developmen of new protocols and techniques for grow out. restoration efforts. More specifically in management: interactions between native and non-native species, ecosystem services, management of invasive species and monitoring of native species. Strong focus on applied aspects and research-industry collaboration.

E-Mail: asa.strand@ivl.se
Web: https://www.ivl.se/sidor/vara-omraden/vatten/vatten-i-ekosystem/forvaltning-av-marina-ekosystem.html

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Dr. Pierre Boudry

Head of Research Unit, Ifremer, France

Expertise

Ostrea edulis, Crassostrea angulata
Aquaculture, Genetics

Research scientist within Ifremer since 1994, Pierre Boudry develops studies on genetics and genomics of marine molluscs exploited by fisheries or aquaculture. He focusses on population genetics (diversity, adaptation) and genetic improvement (domestication, selective breeding) of bivalves.

E-Mail: pboudry@ifremer.fr
Web: https://annuaire.ifremer.fr/cv/15809/

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