New measuring tool for fish growth

Why do some fish grow bigger than others? Researchers at Nord University are on a mission to find out.

​In 2005, Professor Jorge Fernandes received 20 million NOK from the European Research Council and 2,8 million NOK from The Research Council of Norway for his research on the Tilapia (Tilapia Nilensis) fish, and how its surroundings affect their genes and development. 

New measuring tool for fish growth

 Millions of people rely on the Tilapia fish for food. Nord's Tilapia project is set to last until 2021.

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The fish of the future: Professor Jorge Fernandes has already received 25 million NOK from the European Research Council and the Research Council of Norway to study the genes of the Tilapia fish. Now, his project has been awarded another 1,5 million NOK to investigate whether a commercial tool that might predict and probe why some fish grow bigger than others can be developed (photo: Joost Raeymaekers).

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Recycling lab: Nord University has built a new fresh water aquarium in Mørkvedbukta in Bodø, where the Tilapia fish and other fish species are currently being studied (photo: Per Jarl Elle)

Awarded exclusive EU grant

The PROOF grant is awarded to researchers who already have been given an ERC Consolidator Grant from the EU's own research council, the European Research Council.
Professor Jorge Fernandes at Nord University was the only researcher from Norway to receive a PROOF grant last year.
In total, the professor received 1.5 million NOK from the PROOF grant. 

Airborn eggs, with licence (top page photo). The EPIFISH-research team transported an original stock of Tilapia fish eggs from the waters of the Nile to the university aqualab in Bodø, Northern-Norway (photo: Jorge Fernandes)

About the European research grants:

The applicant of a ERC Proof of Concept Grant have already received a ERC Consolidator Grant  and want to explore the commercial or societal potential of the research.

The ERC Consolidator Grant is awarded annually by the European Research Council (ERC) to a selection of top researchers from the EU, as well as from the rest of the world.

The funds come from Horizon 2020, which is the largest European research programmes.

Many Norwegian researchers are tied to this programme.
Applicants for the ERC Consolidator Grant need seven years research experience after disputation, regardless of their branch of science.