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Early embryonic environment as cues of epigenetics responses for sustainable food production

Location Brussels, Belgium
Date 28 - 29 November 2011
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The key to health and developmental success in wombed (mammalians) and non wombed (Fish and poultry) animals for improved sustainability, welfare and production

Signals obtained from early embryonic environment may imprint a memory in the individual that potentially define its health and developmental future. It seems the early stages of conception and embryonic development provide a unique time window and an excellent opportunity to intervene and influence an individual's health and growth.

Focused efforts on the interaction between the environment and genomic responses at the early embryonic development (epigenetics) have an immense potential in improving dramatically the sustainability and efficiency of different food producing sectors such as livestock meat production, aquaculture and fisheries, as well as human health and welfare.

Aims and objectives

  • To improve knowledge on the importance of research performed on early embryonic environment as cues of epigenetic responses for sustainable aquaculture, fisheries, livestock production, welfare and human health in EU.
  • To develop a position paper on the importance of research performed on early embryonic environment as cues of epigenetic responses for improved sustainability in aquaculture, fisheries, livestock production, welfare and support of human health in the EU.
  • To recommend the issuing of calls in the next FPs in the area of epigenetics of human food organisms for improved sustainability with a focus on food for human health.
  • To plan new COST actions on the development of novel epigenetic tools to improve the sustainability, food production and health in poultry, aquatic and farm animals.

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Chaired by

Dr Alireza Fazeli
Sheffield University, UK

Dr Amos Tandler
National Center for Mariculture;
Oceanographic & Limnological Research, IL

Steering Committee

Prof Antonella Baldi
University of Milan, IT

Dr Ragni Ofstad
Nofima, NO

Dr Jose Pueyo
CSIC, Center for Environmental Sciences, ES

Prof Peter Raspor
University of Ljubljana, SI

COST Science Officers

Dr Ioanna Stavridou
Science Officer, Food and Agriculture (FA)
Tel. +32 2 533 3859

Contact Information

Antje Teegler
Conference Officer
COST Office
Avenue Louise 149
B-1050 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 533 3857
Fax +32 2 538 8486


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Room Simone Weil & Charles Darwin, 15th Floor
Avenue Louise 149
1050 Brussels

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