PSPSafe project – Paralytic shellfish poisoning events in Ireland

PSPSafe project - Increasing Risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Events In Ireland

The PSPSafe project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and the Marine (DAFM) under the 2021 Thematic Research Call. Partners include the Martine Institute (Dave Clarke), Atlantic Technological University (Dr Luca Mirimin, Dr Fiona Kavanagh, Francesca Cucchi), and University College Dublin (Dr Francis Butler).

The PSPSafe project aims at addressing key knowledge gaps on elucidating the causes in increased distribution and abundance of toxic Alexandrium species, as well as the occurrence of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PSTs) in shellfish, hence identifying potential upcoming impacts in commercially important aquaculture areas. This will be achieved by means of development and application of novel molecular methods for early warning system to industry; predictive modelling and risk assessment tools using Bayesian Networks to predict the occurrence and the onset of PST events; and provision of risk management strategies and tools to be implemented for the aquaculture industry, and regulatory competent authorities.

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