Activity 4.1 Invasive Species
Led by Sarah Culloty (UCC)
Questions
  • Current status of alien species – what pathogens do they have?
  • Can we learn from model organisms that have become established?
  • Based on current knowledge can we predict impact?
  • What potential inhibitors/drivers can we identify?

 

Activity 4.2 Cockle Health
Led by Niall McKeown (SU)
Questions
  • Local adaptation in cockles and links to mass mortality
  • Interaction between cockle parasites

Activity 4.3 Disease Connectivity
Led by Christopher Coates (SU)
Questions
  • Where are the reservoirs of shellfish diseases in the aquatic environment?
  • Do common shore crabs, Carcinus maenas, harbour pathogens potentially dangerous to crustaceans of commercial interest, e.g. Cancer pagurus?
  • Can we ‘track’ pathogens, such as Hematodinium, in the water column (zooplankton) and into the host using eDNA approaches?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 4.4 Toxins and Pathogens under Climate Change
Led by Nathan King (BU)
Questions
  • How do pathogenic bacteria interact with their environment?
  • What are the emerging pathogens and toxins directly relevant to the Irish Sea system?
  • How will pathogen communities as well as their pathogenicity change under predicted climatic and local environmental change?
  • Can we develop diagnostic tools for emerging strains?
  • Where are the most at risk areas in the Irish Sea and how will these change in the future?