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Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas

The Institute of Marine Research (IIM), belonging to the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), is attached to three Scientific-Technical Areas: Natural Resources, Food Science and Technology and Agricultural Sciences, structured into four departments: Oceanography; Ecology and Marine Resources; Biotechnology and Aquaculture; Food Technology.
Given the importance of the sea in the Galician economy and the potential demand of the different socio-economic sectors related to the marine environment (oceanography, fisheries, marine corps, processing and conservation of marine products, environmental impact ...), IIM is to develop an investigative work aimed at covering, to a large extent, the existing needs that is concretized in the following points:

•    To develop an integrated and multidisciplinary research in marine sciences that allows to progress in the global understanding of the marine ecosystems and in the scientific and technological state of the related productive sectors.
•    To train research staff and specialized technicians, favoring their transfer to other entities (industry, administration, and teaching)
•    Contribute to the teaching of science and its dissemination to society.
•    Transfer of scientific knowledge and technology to the industrial sector. Department of Oceanography

•    Oceanology
•    Marine biogeochemistry
•    Photobiology and phytoplankton pigments
•    Organic Geochemistry

Department of Ecology and Marine Resources

•    Ecology and marine biodiversity
•    Fisheries ecology
•    Biology and physiology of fish larvae
•    Phytoplankton toxic Department of Biotechnology and Aquaculture

•    Ecophysiology, Biomarkers and sustainable bivalve management
•    Immunology and genomics
•    Aquatic molecular pathobiology

Department of Food Technology

•    Chemicals for marine products
•    Food Biochemistry
•    Microbiology and Marine Product Technology
•    Process engineering
•    Recycling and waste assessment Research
Projects and agreements

   Posted on 21 November, 2016 by alberto in.
CLIMEFISH-Co-creating a decision support framework to ensure sustainable fish production in Europe under climate change Period: 2016-2020
Coordinator: Álvarez Salgado, José Antonio - Organic Chemistry                                  
CANPATHPRO - Generation of the CanPath prototype - A platform for predictive cancer pathway
Modeling Period: 2016-2021
Funding Entity: EUROPEAN UNION
Coordinator-IIM: Julio Rodríguez

   The first genome of a Vertebrate
Turbot looks like a drunken fish. It is a flat fish, has asymmetrical eyes and both are located on the left side and the mouth is displaced to one side. "The expression that leaves him in the face this provision is as if he were drunk," explains to this newspaper Antonio Figures, director of the Institute of Marine Research of Vigo (CSIC). It may seem irrelevant, but behind that cubist conformation of the face of the turbot there is a very interesting biological process and marine biologists have not yet fully understood.

   The turbot, the first vertebrate sequenced from Spain
The first vertebrate genetically sequenced in Spain, the turbot (Scopththalmus maximus), has a visual system much more refined than other fish, as it has evolved to adapt to the shortage of light of the seabed. In addition, their genes speak of the fat of their cell membranes, which also doubles that of other species to withstand the low temperatures of the waters where they live.
The complete sequencing of the genome of this fish, carried out by scientists from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) at the Marine Research Institute (Vigo), the University of Santiago de Compostela and the National Center for Genomic Analysis of Barcelona, has This and other conclusions have now been brought to light. The work opens new doors to investigate, not only the resistance of the turbot to different diseases, but also to delve into how other fish respond to these pathologies. The results, published in the journal DNA Research, could be used in the future design of genetic selection programs or possible vaccines.