- Project Leader: Dr Gary Caldwell
Human in vitro fertilisation has led to the development of cutting edge technologies used to determine egg and sperm quality. IVF technology, particularly in relation to sperm quality has successfully been applied to other vertebrates; however there is currently no facility in Europe for accurately determining invertebrate sperm quality. Using a state of the art IVF sperm monitoring system we will exploit potentially lucrative niches within the European invertebrate aquaculture sector, UK and Ireland government environmental monitoring and conservation programmes and European research frameworks by screening for male sperm quality and health.
This service will be specifically targeted towards:
- The invertebrate aquaculture industry which is expanding globally both in terms of volume and range of species cultured and has a vital role in preventing the over exploitation of threatened species in the wild. The programme will contribute towards increasing the quality of males used in aquaculture breeding programmes throughout Europe.
- Governmental environmental monitoring programmes focussing initially on impacts of endocrine disrupters and on improving the effectiveness of conservation measures for endangered native species and control measures for invasive species.
- European academic research sector as no such facility exists in Europe to accurately monitor invertebrate sperm motility and health.