Acting as a neuromodulator or neurohormone, neuropeptides play a crucial role in producing physiological or behavioural responses in animals that are appropriate to the constraints imposed by the environment. The NEMO project is aimed at studying the evolution of neuroendocrine systems and their role in regulating the plasticity of biological cycles and reproduction in unconventional marine models – coral, molluscs and eels. The NEMO project is based on developing the most advanced technologies to compare the structure and function of endocrine pathways regulating reproduction and associated processes.

In addition to fundamental knowledge relating to the regulation of physiological functions in marine species of economic significance, this research will potentially offer interesting prospects for development in the fields of aquaculture, fishing and the environment.

Research centers
  • - Université de Caen Basse Normandie, Biologie des Organismes et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques, UMR - CNRS 7208, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, IRD 207, Caen  [Project Developer]
  • - INSERM, Différenciation et communication neuronale et neuroendocrine, Inserm U982, Rouen
  • - Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Evolution des systèmes endocriniens UMR 7221, Paris
  • - National Kaoshiung Marine University, NKMU, Kaoshiung, Taiwan.
  • - National Taiwan Ocean University, NTOU, Keelung, Taiwan
  • - Université de Rennes 1, Institut des sciences chimiques de Rennes, UMR 6226, Rennes
- Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Overall budget
1 919 K€