EPIFISH

tilapia
The aim of EPIFISH is to ascertain the importance of epigenetics in fish domestication using the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) as model species.


Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world, since there is an increasing demand for fish protein to feed a growing global population, which cannot be met by fisheries. In order to ensure the sustainability of this sector it is critical to domesticate and selectively improve the major commercial fish species.

EPIFISH is a timely project that will address fish domestication and selection from a new perspective using a multidisciplinary approach. The rapid pace of substantial phenotypic changes during adaptation to new environmental conditions in fish undergoing domestication raises the hypothesis that epigenetic mechanisms are involved in this process. Thus, the overarching aim of EPIFISH is to ascertain the importance of epigenetics in fish domestication using the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) as model species.

The project outcomes will provide novel mechanistic insights into the role of epigenetics in fish domestication, which will surely open new horizons for future frontier research in epigenetics, namely transgenerational inheritance and nutritional epigenetics.

The project has an overall budget of NOK 25 million over five years, of which the European Research Council (ERC) will fund NOK 20 million. 


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The Tilapias in Bodø are caught in the NIle in Egypt.                                            Photo: Jorge M.O. Fernandes


 Project Manager

Team

Members

​Name
​Position
Jorge Fernandes
​Professor
Jorge Galindo-Villegas
​Researcher
​Prabhugouda Siriyappagouder
​Researcher
Ioannis Konstantinidis
​PhD-candiate
Maria Renström
PhD-candiate
Golam Rbbani
PhD-candiate

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