RESEARCH LINES

  • Biology and ecology of Artemia: biodiversity, genetics, biogeography, exotic invasions, parasitism.
    • Knowledge of the distribution of Artemia in the Iberian Peninsula and neighbouring areas of Europe and Africa.
    • Knowledge of the distribution of Artemia in South America (Chile and Argentina).
    • Biometry and morphology of nauplii and adults.
    • Study of the hatching of Artemia cysts and its improvement.
    • Reproduction types, life cycles and competition among species and strains.
    • Reproductive isolation.
    • Biology Artemia affected by parasitism. Reproductive and physiological consequences. Ecological implications.
    • Invasive exotic species. Study of the invasive American Artemia in Mediterranean ecosystems.
    • Evaluation and study of rare males in parthenogenetic populations. Origin and function of these males.
  • Live preys, larval nutrition and aquaculture: Studies on the culture of live preys to feed larvae of marine organisms, and the improvement of their nutritional value through enrichment and bioencapsulation. Larviculture studies, particularly on marine larvae nutrition in topics related to lipids, amino acids and vitamins. Study of lipid metabolism of fish larvae.
    • Study of lipids and fatty acids of the different trophic levels in Artemia biotope: biomarkers.
    • Comparison of the fatty acids of Artemia cysts and biomasses from coastal or inland water bodies.
    • Study of the fatty acids of Artemia from different geographical origin.
    • Study of the fatty acids of cysts obtained experimentally with different diets.
    • Study of hypersaline copepod fatty acids.
    • Study of methods for increasing the content of PUFAs and polar lipids in live preys.
    • Study of the methods for supplementing vitamins and amino acids.
    • Study of the use of different types of liposomes as vehicles for substances to improve live prey nutritional condition.
    • Bioencapsulation of nutrients and other substances of interest in live preys.
    • Feeding and nutrition tests with live preys enriched with liposomes.
    • Direct supplementation to larvae with liquid diets: baths.
    • Studies on lipid metabolism in fish larvae and early developmental stages of aquatic organisms.
    • Development of techniques for the feeding and nutrition of larvae from new cultured species.
    • Study of the genes related with the production of enzymes controlling the biosynthesis of PUFAs in different marine species.
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology: development of biomarkers involved in fundamental physiological and biochemical processes in aquatic organisms (fish, crustaceans and molluscs). Implications on the environment and aquaculture.
    • Toxicity bioassays for aquatic organisms (crustaceans, molluscs and fish).
    • Xenobiotics bioaccumulation and biomagnification studies in trophic chain models.
    • Effects of xenobiotics on early developmental stages of crustaceans, molluscs and fish: application and validation of biomarkers.
    • Use of Artemia as a model organism in studies of aquatic ecotoxicology: estuarine, marine and hypersaline environments.
    • Toxicity and stress biomarkers.
    • Proteomic studies of organisms under stress conditions.
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