The team of researchers from IMGGE established a collaboration with researchers from the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences (MATE) through Horizon2020 funded Transnational Access (TNA) projects. Projects are performed in the frame of large infrastructure projects: AquaExcel2020 (https://www.aquaexcel2020.eu/) and AquaExcel3.0 (https://aquaexcel.eu/). Both projects are coordinated by Dr Marc Vandeputte, National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France. This great opportunity for IMGGE researchers was provided by MATE, which is a partner at AquaExcel2020 and AquaExcel3.0. Projects were realized thanks to the support of Dr Habil Galina Jeney (retired) and Dr Uros Ljubobratovic (https://akvakultura.uni-mate.hu/web/akvakultúra-és-környezetbiztonsági-intézet/dr.-ljubobratovic-uros), highly experienced researchers in the field of aquaculture and TNA project managers at MATE.
Up to this date, four TNA projects have been approved to IMGGE researchers:
First three projects have been completed successfully and have delivered expected results. Projects were based on application of probiotic bacteria from IMGGE collection in fish larviculture. Briefly, larval feeds, including Artemia live prey and inert starter feed were enriched with probiotics using different procedures (incubation, coating). The best results were seen with inert feeds coated with probiotic homogenates. Homogenates served as a source of skeleton growth supporting and appetite stimulating amino acids. Homogenates additionally increased protein digestibility and reduces the diffusion of amino acids from the feed surface in the rearing water. In first feeding pike-perch larvae fed artificial diet, this was associated with growth improvement, even in comparison to non-weaned larvae (fed only live prey).
Six publications in peer reviewed internationally recognized journals, featuring the above results, have been published:
In addition, the projects were featured in:
https://www.aquaexcel2020.eu/sites/default/files/inline-files/AQUAEXCEL2020_newsletter3_web.pdf (page 2) and https://www.aquaexcel2020.eu/sites/default/files/inline-files/AQUAEXCEL2020%20Newsletter_Issue9_0.pdf (page 4);
The last TNA project, PROBASSIC, is supposed to begin in September 2022 and is expected to be ended in 2023. When ready, the results of PROBASSIC will be available here.