AREAS OF RESEARCH
- Biology and marine biodiversity preservation
- Study of biological diversity and ecology of Sygnathidae fish, especially seahorses on Spanish coasts.
- Study of the trophic ecology potential prey in wild populations of Syngnathidae through the stable isotopes analysis.
- Genetic characterisation of wild populations of Sygnathidae, in collaboration with Acuigen group (University of Santiago de Compostela).
- This group coordinates the Hippoparques Project (National Parks Autonomous Organism) for the study of distribution, habitat, spatial-temporal variability, genetic structure and trophic characteristic of Syngnathidae populations from the Atlantic Islands and Cabrera Archipelago National Parks.
- The group coordinates Hippoeco Project (National Programme – Challenges) for the study of two factors potentially involved in the survival of seahorses in the field: food quality and food availability for the breeding individuals and availability of fixation elements in the transition from pelagic to demersal life.
- Marine fish culture
- Captivity studies and experiments related to survival and growth in the initial development stages of marine fish of interest for aquaculture and biodiversity preservation.
- Development of integral culture techniques of protected marine species, especially seahorses (Hippocampus).
- Transfer of Sygnathidae rearing technology to industry and large aquariums.
- Integrated multitrophic aquaculture of finfish and macroalgae
- Study of biology and physiology of Ulva species (sea lettuce) applied to the development of culture techniques.
- Study of Ulva epiphytic microbiota and algae-bacteria interactions, aimed at applying probiotics in algal culture.
- This group participates in the IntegRAS Project (National Programme – Challenges), coordinated by the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) and with the participation of researchers from IIM-CSIC and from the University of A Coruña. The project aims at optimizing design and handling techniques of finfish-macroalgae multitrophic aquaculture recirculation systems.
Miquel Planas Oliver
Phone: +34 986 231930 ext. 860160