Fish parasitology belongs among a very few areas of bio-ecological research in the Czech Republic that actually play a leading role at the international level and have the highest international reputation. The proposed project to establish the European Centre of Ichthyoparasitology represents a follow-up of previous research, with several new innovations and main focus on complementarity, formation of young researchers and a more intensive mutual collaboration of all teams involved. The project is based on five moduls, each of them representing a different spectrum of methodological approaches to be applied in studies of seven basic groups of parasites (protists, myxozoans, ectoparasitic and endoparasitic helminths – tapeworms, diplostomatid metacercariae and nematodes) and their fish hosts. Multidisciplinarity and complementary of individual teams, which form the ECIP, is considered to be the strongest aspect of the proposed project.
Webpage of the project here.