The core projects of the Working Group Aquatic Cell Technology & Aquaculture are the establishment and use of new long-term cell cultures from limnic and marine fish species, the cryopreservation of piscine somatic cells and germ cells, and the application of integrated aquatic systems for the sustainable production of fish and plants.
Fish cell cultures are used, among other things, as test and model systems in aquatic or ecotoxicology, in veterinary virus research and vaccine development, in the pharmaceutical industry, or are used in regenerative medicine and basic research. The working group has meanwhile established over 80 somatic long-term cell cultures of 23 different fish species.
Cryopreservation technology is a powerful tool to conserve the genetic biodiversity of both wild species and to use it for aquaculture offspring programs. Already from over 120 different species tissues and cell cultures could be stored in the German Wildlife Cellbank "Alfred Brehm" (short: CRYO-BREHM, www.cryo-brehm.de).
Integrated aquatic housing systems are particularly well suited to the sustainable production of a wide variety of organisms, such as Fish and vegetables (freshwater) or fish, macroalgae and invertebrates (saltwater). The entire aquaculture production should take place here under controlled conditions, which is why the WG also deals with the optimized offspring of new aquaculture species (such as mullets and cichlids). The AG carries out projects with national and international partners.