Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology for the Aquaculture

In the future, with the strong growth of the aquaculture market, the need for new cell cultures and molecular biology tools to ensure the health of fish and animal welfare will increase. Fish cells are used primarily for diagnostic purposes in fish health and pathogen production, but they also provide an attractive alternative to existing animal models and can be used as in vitro test systems. At the Fraunhofer EMB, new cell cultures will be established, characterized and tailor-made for various applications. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer EMB is working on technologies for the cryopreservation of gametes of important aquaculture species, which, as has been established in agriculture for many years, can be safely and cost-effectively stored for commercial purposes and later used for reproduction.

- Establishment of new cell cultures from different organs of aquatic organisms

- Characterization of fish cells based on the latest cell biological and molecular biological methods

- Use of classical and new cell assays (e.g., PI-FDA, LDH, JC-1, click-it-proliferation assay, xCELLigence, etc.) and cellular assay systems (cytomodulation, cytotoxicity)

- Veterinary medicine, vaccine development

- Cell-based tests for cosmetics, chemistry and pharmacy

- Aquaculture services

Working Group "Aquatic Cell Technology & Aquaculture"