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The CORALZOO project: a synopsis of four years of public aquarium science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2012

Ronald Osinga*
Affiliation:
Wageningen University, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Miriam Schutter
Affiliation:
Wageningen University, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Tim Wijgerde
Affiliation:
Wageningen University, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Buki Rinkevich
Affiliation:
Israel Oceanography and Limnology Research, National Institute for Oceanography, Haifa, Israel
Shai Shafir
Affiliation:
Israel Oceanography and Limnology Research, National Institute for Oceanography, Haifa, Israel
Muki Shpigel
Affiliation:
Israel Oceanography and Limnology Research, National Center for Mariculture, Haifa, Israel
Gian Marco Luna
Affiliation:
Polytechnical University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
Roberto Danovaro
Affiliation:
Polytechnical University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
Lucia Bongiorni
Affiliation:
Polytechnical University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
Andreas Deutsch
Affiliation:
Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Michael Kuecken
Affiliation:
Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Bart Hiddinga
Affiliation:
European Association for Zoos and Aquaria, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Max Janse
Affiliation:
Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Andrew McLeod
Affiliation:
Running Deep, Hull, UK
Claudia Gili
Affiliation:
Acquario di Genova, Genova, Italy
Silvia Lavorano
Affiliation:
Acquario di Genova, Genova, Italy
Stephane Henard
Affiliation:
NAUSICAA, Boulogne sur Mer, France
Dominique Barthelemy
Affiliation:
Oceanopolis, Brest, France
Guido Westhoff
Affiliation:
Tierpark Hagenbeck, Hamburg, Germany
Nuria Baylina
Affiliation:
Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Elsa Santos
Affiliation:
Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Anton Weissenbacher
Affiliation:
Schoenbrunner Tiergarten, Vienna, Austria
Michael Kuba
Affiliation:
Schoenbrunner Tiergarten, Vienna, Austria
Rachel Jones
Affiliation:
Zoological Society of London, London, UK
Rob Leewis
Affiliation:
Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dirk Petersen
Affiliation:
Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Michael Laterveer
Affiliation:
Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: R. Osinga, Wageningen University, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Wageningen, The Netherlands email: ronald.osinga@wur.nl

Abstract

In order to improve the methodology for growing and maintaining corals in captivity, a consortium of European zoos, aquaria and academia executed a four-year public/private collaborative research and innovation project (CORALZOO) on the breeding and husbandry of stony corals. CORALZOO comprised the following topics: (1) sexual and asexual breeding of corals in captivity, including techniques for propagation, feeding and induction of natural coral colony morphogenesis; and (2) coral husbandry: development of generic bioassays to evaluate biotic and abiotic husbandry parameters and to monitor coral health, elaboration of methods for identification and treatment of coral diseases and optimization of transport and acclimation procedures. The results of this project are reviewed.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2012

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