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The influence of glucocorticoids on the bacterial pathogen Vibrio anguillarum and Vibrio Harveyi

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Project code 039
Role Co-coordinator
Research area Unravelling the impact of chronic stress across vertebrates
Research topic Microbial endocrinology, interaction between bacteria, glucocorticoids and the stress level in fish
Vertebrate Fish
Species Bacteria Vibrio anguillarum and Vibrio Harveyi


The research goal is to investigate in vitro how different glucocorticoids, as seen across vertebrates, influence the bacterial pathogen Vibrio anguillarum and Vibrio Harveyi, respectively, hereby contributing to the elucidation of the enigma of the interplay between bacterial pathogens, glucocorticoids and the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis in fish. The engendered data will provide fundamental research insights regarding the interaction between bacteria, glucocorticoids and the stress level in fish and will facilitate the nowadays imperative sustainable development of aquaculture.


Keywords: aquaculture, fish, stress, glucocorticoids, bacteria, pathogen

Funding: Internal

Status: Finalized


Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J, Bossier P)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J)


Enyam Kodzo Agbeti W. Master thesis: Effect of glucocorticoids on the virulence of Vibrio spp against brine shrimp larvae (Artemia franciscana). Faculty of bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium, 2017.

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