Detecting stress levels in mussels in relation to culture practices

In on-bottom mussel culture mussels are seeded on culture plots, where they grow out from small mussels to consumption size. Seeding upon transplantation of mussels is common practice in mussel bottom culture. Previous work showed that mussels on culture plots experience large loss rates after seeding. Meanwhile, seed performance is critical for culture success. Culture practices can cause stress in mussels, with adverse effects on mussel condition, while survival of mussels is determined by their physiological condition and quality upon seeding. The question is when does this occur in mussel culture and how can this be avoided.

We like you to apply methods to detect stress levels in mussels and examine stress levels in mussels that have been exposed to different stressors. In advance experiments can be carried under controlled conditions where we can test different effects of different stressors.

Research type: desk study, sampling & experiments (HZ, Vlissingen)

Research level: internship (BSc. level)

Perquisite: preferably affinity with biology and chemistry, precise, dedicated, analytical skills

Partners: Several major Mussel farmers, Imares, Centre of Expertise Delta Technology

Researcher involved: research group aquaculture (Eva Hartog & Jacob Capelle)


























Apply methods to detect stress levels in mussels and examine stress levels in mussels that have been exposed to different stressors. In advance experiments can be carried out under controlled conditions.

Research type: desk study, sampling & experiments (HZ, Vlissingen) Research level: internship (BSc. level) Perquisite: preferably affinity with biology and chemistry, precise, dedicated, analytical skills

Startdatum
september 1, 2016
Einddatum
januari 31, 2017