Kurt Buchmann

University of Copenhagen

Title: Dynamic interactions between parasites and fish communities in the Baltic Sea.

Kurt Buchmann is a full  professor at the Laboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology, the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2009 he has been the leader of the Danish Fish Immunology Research Network and Center (DAFINET). He was leading the Research School SCOFDA (Sustainable Control of Fish Diseases in Aquaculture) from 2000 to 2013. He is currently leading a research group with 18 members with a broad focus on interactions between host, pathogens and the external environment. Special attention is given to the use of SNP technology exploring the genetic resistance of fish to various types of pathogens. His research group applies various molecular and immunological techniques to supplement classical parasitological methods within the field. He has published more than 280 scientific papers and several books. Of special interest to the CSBSP9 he recently published the CAB International book “Climate change and infectious fish diseases” with his co-editors Patrick Woo from Canada and Jo-Ann Leong from USA. The publication addresses several diseases affecting fish communities in the Baltic Sea.

The lecture of Kurt Buchmann at the upcoming SBSP9 meeting will focus on the interactions between parasites and important host fish species (cod, herring, sprat, salmon and trout) in the Baltic Sea and point to ways how we can extract important ecological information from recent studies.