The AFSL facilities in Cesenatico, by the Northern Adriatic Sea, host educational and research activities. Both the Degree Course in Aquaculture and Ichthyopathology and in Safety and Quality of Animal Foods (Fish and Shellfish guided choice) are held here, within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Research is currently carried out by about 30 among full and associate professors, researchers, PhD students, fellowship owners, and laboratory technicians into the following fields:
Age at first maturation of teleosts; influence of endocrine disrupting compounds on endocrine balance of mature male and female of teleosts; estrogen/androgen system and thyroid activity.
Trace metal analysis in biological samples from marine organisms; molecular mechanisms controlling the homeostasis and detoxication of essential and non-essential elements; dietary and environmental regulation of lipid and fatty acid composition of aquatic organisms.
MARINE ZOOLOGY, BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Genetic variability in natural and farmed stocks of common sole (Solea vulgaris) destined to restocking programs; genetic variability in finfish, turtles and cetaceans targeted at correlation studies with parasitosis rate.
FEEDING AND NUTRITION
Feed formulation and nutritional requirements of European sea bass and gilthead sea bream; economically viable replacement of fish meal and oils with high quality alternatives; optimization of feeding and husbandry practices for common sole intended for both Adriatic sea restocking and intensive production.
FISH AND SHELLFISH QUALITY
Contents and true retentions upon cooking of macro- and micro-nutrients in the flesh of finfish and shellfish, either cultured or caught in the wild; assessment of finfish freshness quality by chemical, physical and sensory means.
SANITARY QUALITY OF BIVALVES
Diffusion and effects of pathogenic and opportunistic bacteria on the sanitary quality of bivalves; effectiveness of the purification processes in mussels and clams; bacteria of environmental origin (Vibrio spp.) as potential pathogenic bacteria.
Development of methods for detection, prevention and control of parasitic diseases; epidemiology and life cycle of myxosporean parasites; ornamental and food fish mycobacterioses; genetic characterization of Betanodavirus; fish-borne parasitic zoonoses.