Final MarBioShell report approved by Programme Committee 10 January 2012

MarBioShell (2008-2012) - final report

Dyrkning af mini-muslinger i Storebælt - nye muligheder

SDU: Pressemeddelelse

Spis muslinger: opskrifter & video

Presseomtale: Fyens Stiftstidende, 25. juni 2013

Rapport om økonomi og dyrkning af mini-muslinger i Storebælt, maj 2013

Fremtid for mini-muslinger: Foodtech Bazar

Editorial: 'Mini-mussels' - New Opportunities and Environmentally Friendly Production


Marine bio-production and shellfish research

The main theme in the MarBioShell project is research aimed at evaluating the potential for production of line-mussels (Mytilus edulis) in the Great Belt (Denmark) to compensate for the present decrease in landings from Danish fjords and coastal waters.

Methods are being developed to optimize mussel growth, and modelling tools are improved to guide dimensioning of mussel farms.

In the laboratory, bioreactor technology is applied to provide controlled mass production of planktonic algae to be subsequently used in controlled growth experiments and bioenergetic and biochemical studies of food intake and assimilation in mussels.

In the field, comparative studies of actual growth and production of mussels of different size in selected areas in and outside the Great Belt region are performed with special emphasis on the importance of salinity, current speed, and amount of phytoplankton (chl a) in the ambient water.

Marked analyses are carried out to estimate whether product differentiation and consumer preferences contribute to the economic sustainability of the suggested new line-mussel production facilities in the Great Belt.

Business network and branding, as well as local innovation systems are surveyed and used in future investment decisions.

A research- and demonstration line-mussel farm is established in the southern part of Kerteminde Bay, close to the Great Belt. The research- and demonstration facility is a unique opportunity for all work packages within the MarBioShell project to work together in solving the main common task, namely to clarify the potential in the broadest sense of cultivating mussels in the Great Belt.

MarBioShell is a network supported by the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation in the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2012.

Besides of coordinating the research activities among the participants, the MarBioShell network intends to support a broader communication to and between national and international companies, research teams and public authorities. The scientific leader, professor Hans Ulrik Riisgård, is responsible for coordination and internal communication within the network.

Budget of reorganized MarBioShell:

  • Total grant to the original MarBioShell project in 2008: DKK 13.455.419.
  • When the original MarBioShell project was split up DKK 3.646.906 was transferred to University of Copenhagen (contact person Bent Vismann, e-mail:
  • Grant to the present reorganized MarBioShell project: DKK 9.808.512.



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