Aquaculture Industry May Benefit from Water Mold Genome Study from Oregon State

A scientist and partners from Oregon State University borrowed technology from the Human Genome Project to further identify the genes used by a type of water mold that attacks fish, thus costing the aquaculture industry millions of dollars in losses each year.  Researchers from OSU identified which genes were invading animals to start developing more effective control methods, such as improved vaccines and fungicides.  Brett Tyler, professor and director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences said, “Developing new, environmentally sustainable ways to reduce fish disease will cut down on the use of chemicals on fish farms, while also protecting wild fish, such as salmon, found in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.”  The study and key findings of the research have been published in the journal PLOS Genetics.

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