Research Areas

The SLRC is organised in six research areas, described as  Work Packages (WPs). The WPs reflect the research strategy and the overall aim to develop new sea lice control tools. In the SLRC, the entire life cycle of the salmon louse is included in our research strategy to generate knowledge relevant for future lice control measures.

WP 1: Chemotherapeutants and resistance.
The overall objective in the WP is to explore possible new treatment methods and chemicals, providing starting points for development of new, effective salmon lice treatments.
WP leader: Tor Einar Horsberg,  NMBU
More information on WP 1

WP 2: Anti-attachment.
As sea lice are not able to suppress and survive the immune  response from a non-host species, the correct identification of the host is essential for attachment and survival. The WP will focus on the documentation of host specific compounds and assess techniques to mask these compounds.
WP leader: Simon Wadsworth, EWOS Innovation
More information on WP 2

WP 3: Immunomodulation of the host.
The goal for the work in this WP is to understand the mechanism of interaction between sea lice and Atlantic salmon during sea lice infestation.
WP leader: √ėystein Evensen,¬†NMBU
More information on WP 3

WP 4: Molecular parasitology ‚Äď the basis for novel treatment methods.
Detailed knowledge about the salmon louse at the molecular level will be a key foundation to develop new ways for parasite control in the future. In WP4 the parasite is the main focus and through unraveling the salmon louse biology at the molecular level,  new points for attacking the lice will be identified. The activities in WP4 will be along 3 main lines, and includes copepodid biology, the endocrine and exocrine systems and reproduction/production of gametes.
WP leader: Rune Male, UiB
More information on WP 4

WP 5: LiceBase – an integrated resource supporting sea lice research.
LiceBase is the system for storing and mining the data from within SLRC and related projects, and is aimed to be the preferred site for the global research community for access to genome data on sea lice.
WP leader: Inge Jonassen, UiB
More information on WP 5

WP 6: LiceLab. 
The main aim is to supply SLRC with access to sea lice and their host fish as well as wet-laboratory facilities to perform in vivo experiments. A crucial issue is to extend existing lab-facilities to cover the needs in SLRC and to speed up the development of new treatment methods for sea lice.
WP leaders: Sussie Dalvin, IMR and Lars Hamre, UiB
More information on WP 6

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