The ABAWARE project team is a newly established international research team combining three earlier established research consortiums with long and fruitful history of cooperation.
Consortium 1 consist of the DFR Systems, NGO SE Aquaterra and Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy represented in current consortium by Dr. Corina Moga, Professor Nicolae Craciun and Professor Ioan Ardelean respectively. DFR Systems is a private company operating since 1996. Its main activity is the production and commercialization of water treatment and purification equipment. NGO SE Aquaterra is a scientific NGO for researching and conserving the biodiversity, it is made up of 15 experts from various Romanian research institutions. The Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy was established in 1948 and currently deals with various Ecological and Taxonomic problems. It accommodates the Nature Conservation Centre, the Microbiology Centre as well as the Plant and Animal Cytobiology Centre.
Consortium 2 consist Department of Food Science within the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and VNAB. They are represented by Professor Jana Pickova and DVM Daniel Wikberg respectively. Research at the department is primarily focusing on the composition and properties of our most common foods. VNAB is an enterprise associated with the Department of Food Science of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. VNAB perform consulting of regional and national decision makers as well as being involved in the aquaculture industry.
Consortium 3 consist of the Department of Biology, Maynooth University ; Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki ; Department of Limnology, Dresden University of Technology ; Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology, NMBU, and the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) research facility of NMBU. The Maynooth University team, headed by Dr.Fiona Walsh, have a strong focus on bacterial microbes and microbial resistance to antibiotics. The Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, headed by Prof Marko Virta, is focused towards food production chains, food quality and healthy nutrition, utilization of microbial resources, vital soil and environment clean from heavy metals, and microorganisms resistant to antibiotics. The department of Limnology at Dresden University of Technology, headed by Professor Thomas Berendonk, is responsible for complex studies in the aquatic ecology including evolution of antibiotic resistances in anthropogenic influenced aquatic systems. The department has strong positions in fields of aquatic ecotoxicology, molecular evolution, limnology and ecological modelling as well as stream ecology. Department of food safety and Infection Biology, NMBU represented by Professor Henning Sørum conducts various research related to animal production. Special focus at the department is put onto microbial disease in aquaculture and various aspects of microbial antibiotic resistance. The department develop new bacterial and viral vaccines for aquaculture and participates in two national mega projects – “Feed Mileage” and “Foods of Norway”. The RAS research facility of NMBU is headed by Senior Engineer Bjørn Frode Eriksen and is an independent research unit constructed in 2015. The facility serves various research groups at NMBU as well as external partners. The members of consortium 3 cooperated with each other on another JPI project “STARE” funded as part of the WaterJPI-2013 call on “Emerging water contaminants – anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens”.
The current project brings together the 3 above mentioned consortia into a new strong multidisciplinary team who will not only share but will gain maximum knowledge and skills from this collaborative effort with other project members.