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Dolors Furones

POSITION: Researcher of the Aquaculture Programme
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Professional information:

1991-1995.In charge of Diagnostics in fish diseases and Shellfish water quality monitoring for the Government of the Balearic Islands (Spain).

1998-1999. Head of the National Aquaculture Centre for Research, Experimentation and Technology, General Directorate of Fisheries, Catalonia Government.

1999 to present. Director of the Aquaculture Centre of the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries (Research and Technology Institute for Agriculture and Food-IRTA).

Research periods at places other than above:

1985. Department of Microbiology, University of Barcelona.

1986-1987. Fish Diseases Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, UK.

1988-1990. Department of Biological Sciences, (niversity of Plymouth) UK,.



Featured projects:


  • 2001-2003. Estudio para delimiter las zones apatas para la instalación de jaulas de cultivo.. Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (JACUMAR)
  • 2002-2003. Desarrollo del cultivo del mejillón en el Delta del Ebro: influencia del origin de la semilla y de las características ambientales. Reference Centre for Research and Development in Aquaculture (CIRIT)).
  • 2002-2003. Cultivo del Dentón, Dentex dentex. Reference Centre for Research and Development in Aquaculture – (CIRIT)).
  • 2003. Cultivo del lenguado, Solea senegalensis Reference Centre for Research and Development in Aquaculture (CIRIT)).
  • 2003-2007. Determinació i avaluació de toxins alimentàries marines en bivalves. Reference Centre for Research and Development in Aquaculture (CIRIT)).
  • 2003-2004. Situació epidemiològica d’alguns bivalves d’interès commercial del Delta del Ebre. IRTA.
  • 2004-2007. Ecofisiologia del musclo en relació a les característiques ambientals de les badies del Delta de l’Ebre Centre for Research and Development in Aquaculture.
  • 2004-2007. Estudio integrado de los factores biológicos y ambientales condicionantes de la producción de mejillón (Mytilus galloprovincialis) en las bahías del Delta del Ebro. Ministry of Science and Technology (INIA,)
  • 2004-2010. Health promotion, safe seafood with high eating quality in a consumer driven fork-to-farm concept (Acronym: SEAFOODplus). (EU).
  • 2005. Control Objectives and Shellfish Target Assurance Levels ERA-NET (Acronym: COASTAL ERA-NET). (EU).
  • 2005-2007. Desarrollo de la tecnología de producción y cultivo de almejas. Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (JACUMAR)
  • 2006-2010. Detección y caracterización de las bacterias del género Vibro potenciales causantes de cuadros diarreicos en la especie humana presentes en los bivalves de cultivo de las bahias de Alfacs y Fangar. National Institute of Technology and Food Research (INIA).
  • 2007-2009. Plan Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria en Acuicultura. Subproyecto: Gestión Sanitaria de la Acuicultura. Adaptación a nueva noramtiva (GESAC). Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (JACUMAR)
  • 2008-2010. Estudio de las bacterias diarreicas provenientes de bivalvos cultivados en la bahías del Delta del Ebro, Tarragona. National Institute of Technology and Food Research (INIA).



Featured publications:


  • Formiga-Cruz, M., Tofiño-Quesada, G., Bofill-Mas, S., Lees, D.N., Henshilwood, K., Allard, A.K., Conden-Hansson, A.-C., Hernroth, B.E., Vantarakis, A., Tsibouixi, A., Papapetropoulou, M., Furones, M.D. and Gironès, R. (2002) Distribution of human virus contamination in shellfish from different growing areas in Greece, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 68. pp 5990-5998.
  • Padrós, F. y Furones, D. (2002) Patología bacteriana en piscicultura. Boletín Informativo de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología. Vol. 34. pp 13-21.
  • Meritxell Formiga-Cruz, Cristina Lleti, M. Dolores Furones and Rosina Girones. (2003) Relation between current classification of shellfish-growing areas and viral pollution in bivalve molluscan shellfish. Consellería de Pesca e Asuntos Marítimos da Xunta de Galicia e Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. pp 385-393.
  • Fernández-Tejedor, M., Soubrier-Pedreño, M.A. and Furones, M.D. (2004) Acute LD50 of a Gyrodinium corsicum natural population for Sparus aurata and Dicentrarchus labrax. Harmful Algae. Vol. 3. pp 1-9.
  • Giménez, G., Padrós, F., Roque, A., Estévez, A. and Furones, D. (2006) Bacterial load reduction of live prey for fish larval feeding using Ox-Aquaculture ©. Aquaculture Research. Vol. 37. pp 1130-1139.
  • Fernández-Tejedor, M., Soubrier-Pedreño, M.A. and Furones, M.D. (2007) Mitigation of lethal effects of Karlodinium veneficum and K. armiger on Sparus aurata: changes in haematocrit and plasma osmolality. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Vol. 77. pp 53-59.
  • Girones, R., Bofill-Mas, S., Furones, M.D. and Rodgers, C. (2007) Food-Borne infectious diseases and monitoring of marine food resources. Book chapter. Oceans and Human Health. Elsevier. Book chapter 18. pp 359-380.
  • Delgado, M., Carrasco, N., Elandaloussi, L., Furones, D. and Roque, A. (2007) A mortality event of the venerid bivalve Callista chione (Linnaeus, 1758) in a hatchery system – A case study. Bull. Eur. Ass. Fish Pathol. Vol. 27 (6). pp 213-221.
  • Carrasco, N., López-Flores, I., Alcaraz, M., Furones, M.D., Berthe, F.C.J. and Arzul, I. (2007) Dynamics of the parasite Marteilia refringens (Paramyxea) in Mytilus galloprovincialis and zooplankton populations in Alfacs Bay (Catalonia, Spain). Parasitology. Vol. 134. pp 1541-1550. 2007
  • Carrasco, N., Arzul, I., Berthe, F.C.J. and Furones, M.D. (2008) In situ hybridization detection of Marteilia refingens (Paramyxea) initial infective stages in its host Mytilus galloprovincialis. Journal of Fish Diseases. Vol. 31. pp 153-157.
  • Carrasco, N., Arzul, I., Chollet, B., Robert, M., Joly, J.P., Furones, M.D. and Berthe, F.C.J. (2008) Comparative experimental infection of the copepod Paracartia grani with Marteilia refringens and M. maurini. Journal of Fish Diseases. Vol. 31. pp 497-504.
  • Carrasco, N., Arzul, I., Berthe, F.C.J., Fernández-Tejedor, M., Durfort, M. and Furones, M.D. (2008) Delta de l’Ebre is a natural bay model for Marteilia spp. (Paramyxea) dynamics and life cycle studies. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Vol. 79. pp 65-73.
  • Fernández, M., Delgado, M., Vila, M., Sampedro, N., Camp, J., Furones, D. y Diogène, J. (2007) Resultados del programa de seguimiento de fitoplancton tóxico y biotoxinas en las zones de producción de bivalvos de Cataluña: años 2003-2006 y primer trimestre del 2007. Cartagena 7-10 de mayo de 2007. Libro de Actas de la IX Reunión Ibérica sobre Fitoplancton Tóxico y Biotoxinas. pp 37-46.
  • Furones, M.D.; Gardner, S.; Beliaeff, B.; Ayensa, G.; Rodgers, C. (2007) Control objectives and shellfish target assurance levels network (COASTAL). Proceedings ICMSS-NZ. Journal of Shellfish Research. pp 30-35.
  • Roque, A.; Vilariño, M.L.; Álvarez, C.; Furones, M.D.; Romalde, J.L. (2007) Towards a risk assessement approach for managing viral contamination in shellfish harvesting areas in Spain. Proceedings ICMSS-NZ. Journal of Shellfish Research. pp 81-86.
  • Salinas, I.; Abelli, L.; Bertoni, F.; Picchietti, S.; Roque, A.; Furones, D.; Cuesta, A.; Meseguer, J.; Esteban, M.A. (2008) Monospecies and multispecies probiotic formulations produce different systemic and local immunostimulatory effects in the gilthead seabram (Sparus aurata L.) Vol. 25. pp 114-12.
  • Elandaloussi, L.M.; Carrasco, N.; Roque, A.; Fernández-Tejedor, M.; Furones, D. (2008) Occurence of Perkinsus sp. in two clam species (Ruditapes philippinarum and R. decussatus) from the Ebro Delta, Spain. Bull. Eur. Ass. Fish Pathol. Vol. 28. pp 2-10.
  • Pommepuy, M.; Guilfoyle, F.; Le Guyader, F.S.; Lees, D.; Romalde, J.L.; Le Saux, J.C.; Furones, D.; Roque, A.; Lowther, J.A.; Morgan, O.C.; Doré, B. (2008) Reducing microbial risk associated with shellfish in European countries. Improving Seafood Product for the Consumer. Book Chapter. ISBN: 978-1-84569-019-9.
  • Elandaloussi, L.M.; Carrasco, N.; Roque, A.; Andree, K.; Furones, M.D. (2009) First record of Perkinsus olseni, a protozoan parasite infecting the comercial clam Ruditapes decussatus in Spanish Mediterranean waters. Journal of invertebrate Pathology. Vol. 100. pp 50-53.
  • Giménez-Papiol, G.; Padrós, F.; Roque, A.; Estévez, A.; Furones, M.D. (2009) Effects of a peroxide-based commercial product on bacterial load of larval rearing water and on larval survival of two species of Sparidae under intensive culture: preliminary study. Aquaculture research. Vol. 40. pp 504-508.
  • Cembella, A.; Guzman, L.; Roy, S.; Diogène, J.; (Additional contributors: Fernández, M.; Furones, D. (2009) Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (GEOHAB). Core Research Project: HABs in Fjords and Coastal Embayments. An international programme sponsored by the Scientific Committee an Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Intergovernamental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.
  • Rodgers, C.J.; Furones, M.D. (2009) Antimicrobial agents in aquaculture: practice, needs and issues.CIHEAM. OPTIONS méditerranéennes. Series A: Mediterranean Seminars. The use of veterinary drugs and vaccines in Mediterranean aquaculture. Vol. 86. pp 41-59. ISSN: 1016-121-X . ISBN: 2-85352-422-1.
  • Elandaloussi, L.; Carrasco, N.; Furones, D.; Roque, A. (2009) Phylogenetic relationship of Perkinsus olseni from the Ebro Delta, Spain, to other Perkinsus species, based on ribosomal DNA sequences. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Vol. 86. pp 135-142.
  • Elandaloussi, L.; Carrasco, N.; Furones, D.; Roque, A. Perkinsus olseni in Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarium from the Ebro Delta, Spain. Running head: Perkinsus olseni in Spanish Mediterranean clams. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. (Submited)
  • Roque, A.; Lopez-Joven, C.; Lacuesta, B.; Elandaloussi, L.; Wagley, S.; Furones, M.D.; Ruiz-Zarzuela, I.; de Blas, I., Rangdale, R.; Gomez-Gil, B. Detection and identification of tdh and trh-positive Vibrio parahaemolyticus from four species of cultured bivalve molluscs in the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. (Accepted).

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