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Biological invasions represent a major threat for the health of aquatic ecosystems
worldwide. Most of the alien species are molluscs and crustaceans, with a major
contribution by sessile species. However, many planktonic species are known for their
invading capability. Among copepods, in the last few years the calanoid Pseudodiaptomus
marinus has demonstrated its high invasiveness in the Mediterranean and European
Seas. Since 1950s this species, native to the Indo-Pacific region (Sato, 1913), has
widened its distributional range by colonising several coastal and transitional areas of the Northern and Southern Pacific Ocean. Since 2007, the presence of P. marinus has been documented in European waters as well, with a stable increase in the number of recordings. Several documented primary introduction mechanisms have been documented for this species (aquaculture, mariculture, ballast water and biofouling), whose high invasive potential is supported by specific biological, ecological and behavioural traits. Owing to these characteristics, in some counties P. marinus has been introduced in alert list of species considered potential pests. In addition to its invasive attitude, P. marinus is also indicated as suitable for massive rearing and as target species in ecotoxicological studies.
The main objective of EUROBUS workshop is to organise a meeting aimed at building up an European working group (WG) of scientists and institutions working on P. marinus. The WG will be useful to promote knowledge sharing and sustain international collaborations, and might represent a forum through which monitoring in real time the evolution of the distributional range of this calanoid copepod along European coasts. The WG might benefit from the already existing long-term zooplankton monitoring programmes undertaken by different institutions, as well as from the analysis of the zooplankton samples collected during oceanographic cruises. In addition, the WG might provide a basis to define common protocols for sampling, rearing and experimentation. The workshop would also promote the study of the systematics and taxonomy of this species. As different ecophenotypes are recorded for P. marinus, the meeting would represent a forum to discuss about joint initiative to analyse and compare specimens from different areas of the world integrating molecular and morphological descriptions.


The event is intended as an open-discussion forum, where scientists can share their
experience and know-how with the specific purpose of building an international network of collaborations.
To promote the participation of researchers from different countries, the workshop will be scheduled as a two-day event as follows:

January 29:
10:00 – Registration
11:00 – Opening session “The EUROBUS Working Group” (M. Uttieri)
11:30 – Session topic “Pseudodiaptomus marinus – The ongoing invasion” (Part I)
          11:35 – “Pseudodiaptomus in the CPR survey” (M. Brunetta, M. Wootton)
          11:50 – “The occurrence of Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the estuaries of the Basque coast (Bay of Biscay)” (A. Iriarte, F. Villate)
          12:05 – “Insights on the occurrence of the invasive copepod Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the Mondego estuary” (S. Cotrim, A. L. Primo, J. Falcão)
12:30 – Lunch break (SZN canteen)
14:00 – Session topic “Pseudodiaptomus marinus – The ongoing invasion” (Part II)
          14:05 – “First record of Pseudodiaptomus marinus Sato, 1913 in Berre Lagoon (NW Mediterranean, France)” (F. Delpy, M. Pagano – presented by M. Uttieri on behalf of the authors)
          14:20 – “Occurrence of Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea” (M. G. Mazzocchi, I. Di Capua)
          14:35 – “Seasonal dynamics of the invasive copepod Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the coastal Lake Faro and its recent expansion in Lake Ganzirri” (G. Zagami)
          14:50 – “The new invasive copepod Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the Lagoon and the Gulf of Venice” (E. Camatti, M. Pansera)
          15:05 – “Update of the presence of Pseudodiaptomus marinus in the Adriatic Sea” (V. Tirelli, A. de Olazabal, A. Goruppi)
          15:20 – “Pseudodiaptomus marinus – Snapshots from the Bay of Šibenik (central Adriatic Sea)” (O. Vidjak, S. Rožić, N. Bojanić)
          15:35  – “Pseudodiaptomus marinus in Sevastopol Bay: September, 2016 – December, 2017″ (A. D. Gubanova – presented by M. G. Mazzocchi on behalf of the author)
          15:50 – “Biological and behavioural traits sustaining the invasiveness of Pseudodiaptomus marinus” (M. Uttieri, L. Svetlichny, E. Hubareva, A. Khanaychenko)
          16:05 – “Alien species and molecular approaches: a case study” (A. Amato, R. Aiese Cigliano)
16:30 – Coffee break
17:00 – Open discussion
          this section is intended as an open forum, within which sharing experience and knowhow, exchanging and commenting on the results presented, with the aim of building an international network of collaborations
19:00 – Closure of activities
20:15 – Social dinner (Umberto Ristorante, Via Alabardieri 30/31)

January 30:
09:45 – Session topic “Defining a roadmap for the EUROBUS Working Group” (Part I)
          this section is intended as an open forum, focusing (but not limiting) to the following topics:
          synthesis of the contributions presented
          future perspectives in the studies on Pseudodiaptomus marinus
involvement as ICES Expert Group
          identification of possible project calls (national, international and transnational)
          outline of a position paper
11:00 – Coffee break
11:30 – Session topic “Defining a roadmap for the EUROBUS Working Group” (Part II)
12:30 – Lunch break (SZN canteen)
14:00 – Open discussion
15:00 – Closure of works

The detailed programme can be downloaded bu clicking on EUROBUS Programme.