SAPRO Coordinator: Professor Pieter van West, University of Aberdeen


Work package leaders:

From left to right, Anja Kristoffersen; Vincent Bulone; Chris Secombes; Patrick Smith; Pieter van West; Jos Raaijmakers; Ida Skaar; Javier Dieguez-Uribeondo.

Background: SAPRO (Sustainable Approaches to Reduce Oomycete (Saprolegnia) Infections in Aquaculture) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission (EC) under Framework Program 7. The SAPRO network involves eight partner institutions: National Veterinary Institute (NVI), Norway; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain; Wageningen University, Netherlands; Intervet International B.V, Netherlands; Veterinaermedisinsk Oppdragssenter AS (VESO), Norway; European Research and Project Office GmbH, Germany, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH), Sweden and the University of Aberdeen, U.K.

Aims: The oomycete fish pathogen Saprolegnia parasitica is a major problem in the aquaculture industry where it has been estimated that 10% of all hatched salmon and eggs succumb to Saprolegnia infections (Saprolegniosis). The SAPRO network is integrated into the research activities of European leaders of complementary disciplines, with a research focus towards the development of novel and sustainable measures to control Saprolegniosis and support the aquaculture industry in Europe.

Training event

The first training school on The Biodiversity of Saprolegnia was held in Madrid in November, 2010. The event was hosted at the Real Jardin Botanico, CSIC by Dr. Javier Dieguez-Uribeondo. The event was attended by around 35 researchers, including SAPRO members.

Events 2011

April 11-12 Network meeting in Banchory, Aberdeen: This meeting was attended by all recruited ESRs and ER.

Top row: Dr. Pieter van West, Amada Perez, Carol Gilbert, Ida Skaar, Patrick Smith, Chris Secombes, Hugo Melida, Ela R

Middle row: Gordon Beakes, Rodrigo Belmonte, Lars Loebach, Vincent Bulone, Vladimir Sandoval, Javier Dieguez-Uribeondo

Bottom Row: Shimaa Ali, Mwansa Songe, Anja Kristoffersen, Yiying Yu

Mid-term review meeting, Oslo, October 25, 2011

Venue: Norwegian Veterinary Institute

                         SAPRO team at NVI, Oslo, with Patrick Herlant from REA

Summer School 2011 'Host-Microbe Interactomics'

Dates: November 1-3, 2011
Venue: Hotel & Congress Centre 'Hof van Wageningen', Wageningen, The Netherlands

SAPRO team in Wageningen, The Netherlands

Events 2012

Network meeting March 25-27, 2012.

Venue: Real Jardin Botanico CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

This meeting was attended by all recruited ESRs and ERs.

SAPRO team at CSIC, Madrid, Spain

Summer School 2012 ‘

The third training school on was held in Saltsjobaden, Stockholm in September, 2012. The event was hosted by Professor Vincent Bulone and was attended by around 30 researchers, including SAPRO members.

Dates: September 3-5, 2012

Venue: Grand Hotel Saltsjobaden, Stockholm, Sweden