Participants


SCIENTIFIC PARTNERS

Partner 1. Marine Biological Section, Dept of Biology, University of Copenhagen
Professor Per Juel Hansen. Project leader. Heading a research group on plankton ecology and physiology. PJH is a specialist on toxin production in algae and their effects on the marine food web.

Professor Øjvind Moestrup. Heading a research group on protist systematics and phylogeny. ØM is an expert on systematics of protists in general, and toxic algae in particular, especially using light and electron microscopy.

Associate Professor Niels Daugbjerg. Member of the research group on protist systematics and phylogeny. ND is a specialist on the application of molecular techniques for identification protists in general.

Professor John Fleng Steffensen. Heading a fish physiology group. JFS has more than 25 years of experience especially on respiratory physiology of fish.

Partner 2. DTU Center for Microbial Biotechnology, DTU Systems Biology
Associate Professor Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen. Expert in natural product chemistry with more than 20 years of experience in analysis and structural determination of both known and unknown bioactive compounds such as mycotoxins, antibiotics and anticancer agents from both terrestrial and marine organisms.

Associate Professor Kristian Fog Nielsen. KFN is in charge of CMB’s analytical platform and is an expert in mass spectrometry and has great experience in analysis of natural products (toxins, biomarkers and signal molecules) including fast dereplication and construction of databases of already known compounds.

Partner 3. DTU National Food Institute
Senior Advisor Kevin Jørgensen. KJ is an expert on algal toxins and food safety. Hosts the national Danish reference laboratory for algal toxins and is involved in the national surveillance of algal toxins in Danish waters. 20 years experience in development of analytical methods for determination of natural toxins, mycotoxins and algal toxins. Experience in analysis of algal toxins in both seafood products and algae cells.

Partner 4. DTU National Veterinary Institute, Section for Fish Diseases
Senior Scientist Niels Lorenzen. NL is heading a research group presently comprising 5 post docs, 4 MSc-students and 2 technicians. He is an expert on fish diseases and immunology with more than 20 years of experience.

PRIVATE COMPANIES

Partner 5. Orbicon
Section Head Per Andersen. Orbicon is one of the largest knowledge-based companies in Denmark delivering counselling and consultancy within broad areas like environmental and construction management. PA (PhD in marine science) has for the past > 20 years established a great experience with monitoring of harmful algae for the aquaculture industry and authorities.

Partner 6. Hjarnö Havbrug
Director Anders Pedersen. Has > 25 years of experience with mari culture of trout. Activities: Provide a platform for experimental field work and for collection of fish-killing algae.

Partner 7. FishLab
Manager Kirsten Engell-Sørensen. FISHLAB (www.fishlab.dk) located near Aarhus was founded in 2003 and has access to breeding facilities in the western part of Jutland (Venø Sund Fisk og Skaldyr Aps). Kirsten Engell-Sørensen (MSc) has 20 years of experience with intensive and semi-extensive production of fish larvae and fry. FishLab has expertise regarding plankton dynamics, life history of fish, monitoring of wild fish larvae and eggs and general marine ecology.

AFFILIATED INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Partner 8. University of Urbino, Italy
Antonella Penna has more than 20 years of experience in molecular methods and she is currently working on harmful algae in the Mediterranean Sea, successfully developing probes for Alexandrium spp. to be used in real-time quantitative PCR.

Partner 9. Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
This multidisciplinary group (Allan Cembella, Bernd Krock, UrbanTillmann) focuses on chemical ecology of marine protists and cyanobacteria, with a particular specialization on species involved in harmful algal blooms (HABs). From the perspective of attempting to elucidate the causal mechanisms of HABs and the species interactions mediated by toxins and other allelochemical metabolites, the AWI group is a world leader in this field.

Partner 10. University of Aberdeen, UK
Sam Martin (SM) is working in an international leading group on fish cytokines and has high expertise in monitoring responses at gene level. His research interests are related to two key physiological processes, namely the control of protein deposition and immune responses. A particular focus is the relation between metabolism and immune competence in fish and the related expression of genes.