The microbiome is directly relevant to shellfish and finfish nutrition and health; more recently it has been recognised to have a fundamental role in many other aspects of aquaculture. This has fuelled a significant increase in recent research activity in this field, particularly in how the microbiome is both affected and manipulated by environmental factors.
This workshop is a platform to present the current status of UK aquaculture microbiota research as well as an opportunity to showcase young talent within this research area. A core activity will be networking and knowledge exchange between key research areas relating to both fish and shellfish aquaculture; finding potential future areas for collaborative research.
We expect a range of research interests to be represented, which will broadly encompass key components of the fish microbiome (intestine, gill and skin) as well as components of the microbiota in the environment. We hope that researchers and industrial partners from across the UK will share results and ideas around the study of microbiomes relating to the field of aquaculture.
The meeting will contribute to the analysis and utilisation of microbiota studies in aquaculture, with a key aim to connect groups that can work together to develop RCUK (and other) research grant applications to help progress the field. Two other possible outputs could include…
1. presentations being put forward to a special issue of a peer reviewed journal
2. a position (review) paper on microbiota research in aquaculture focusing on research strengths and knowledge gaps
The meeting will run over two days, starting after lunch on the 1st day, and completing at the end of day 2. The exact details of the meeting structure have yet to be decided upon, but it is envisaged that the will include 2-3 key note speakers (40 minute presentations) who are “expert” in the field and have carried out microbiota studies including the use of modern high throughput sequencing approaches. One of these presentation will be from a non-aquaculture related researcher (likely human health and /or animal livestock) who will present the state of the art in mammalian studies. Key notes will be followed by a series of shorter (20 min) presentations from attendees, selected to cover the breath of current UK research. We also propose a poster session accompanied by speed presentations from talented PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Importantly, there will be significant time allocation for breakout sessions for in depth discussion on approaches and questions, which will help connect the attendees in their future research activities and support the synthesis of knowledge and research gaps into a review paper.