Dec 2014 - Dec 2018

The Algal Microbiome Friends and Foes

This project aims to train 15 ESRs (researchers and technologists) within a multinational consortium, whilst bringing a scientific step-change in our understanding of these interactions, leading to the development of superior mass algal cultivation and biocontrol strategies. ALFF tackles: (i) the identification, taxonomy and utilization of naturally-occurring algal symbionts and pathogens; (ii) integrand intra-species signaling and chemical ecology in aquaculture, natural environment and simplified systems (i.e. axenic cultures & symbionts); and (iii) harnesses state of the art genomics, molecular, and biochemical techniques to characterize these interactions. A highly interdisciplinary team underpins an ambitious theoretical, field, hands-on training and research program. With the support of high profile institutions, ALFF foresees an exceptionally broad range of dissemination and outreach initiatives to help policymakers and the general public better understand the opportunities and issues relating to the sustainable use of our aquatic freshwater and marine resources, within and beyond the EU. The A4F role is to train 1 ESR – Towards controlling chytrid pathogens in industrial cultures of Haematococcus sp. 

Microalgae species: Haematococcus sp.




3.8 M€


48 months


SAMS (Coordinator), UK

A4F Role

A4F role in this project is to investigate in a holistic way the interaction between a newly characterized pathogen, the chytrid Paraphysoderma and the high-value microalgae Haematococcus, in order to design disease management strategies applicable in an industrial environment.