• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 
 

E-Imuno - Applying elasmobranch immunogenetics to fisheries management and the study of vertebrate adaptive immunity

 

Sharks and rays are common by-catch species in many NE Atlantic fisheries and recent declines in catches have led to restrictive measures by EU. However, understanding of stock structure and species dynamics to adequate fisheries management is still incomplete. E-IMMUNO proposes to use genes associated with adaptive immunity as candidate genetic markers to improve the spatial resolution of the genetic population structure of exploited NE Atlantic elasmobranchs. Immunity genes are under strong selective pressure by local pathogen communities, and often show stronger among population genetic differentiation than traditional neutral markers. E-IMMUNO will also allow inferences on the scale at which among-population differentiation occurs in elasmobranchs to guide initial management and conservation actions in these data deficient taxa. Transcriptomics of immunity-relevant tissues will complement the above data to improve understanding of the evolution of adaptive immunity.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Ana Cristina Pimenta Veríssimo

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
Antonio Muñoz Mérida

Antonio Muñoz Mérida

Principal Researcher

 
Pedro José de Castro Esteves

Pedro José de Castro Esteves

Auxiliary Researcher

 
Tereza Almeida

Tereza Almeida

Research Assistant

 
 
Other Members:
IPMA: Teresa Moura (Co-PI), Bárbara Serra-Pereira. CIIMAR: Filipe Castro, André Machado. University of Maryland: Martin J. Flajnik
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2018 (Duration: 4 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO, IPMA, CIIMAR
 
Reference:
028053-02/SAICT/2017