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The International Network for Shrimp Health

 

The International Network for Shrimp Health (INSH), headquartered in the United Kingdom and Thailand, focuses on new technologies for controlling shrimp diseases.  To further its research, it has been awarded the coveted, $268,000, Newton Fund Chairman’s Award 2017.

 

INSH is developing technologies that will help shrimp farmers diagnose disease at pond side and immediately report their findings via cell phone.

 

Its team has scientists from the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Thailand’s National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), and experts from UK technology partners Genedrive, PLC, and Oxford Nanopore, Ltd.  With the help of the Thai Government and shrimp farmers, they have tested a novel, portable, pond-side, diagnostic device called “Genedrive” that has the potential of cutting the time to diagnose a disease from days to one hour.

 

Professor Grant Stentiford, leader of the INSH team, said, “Decentralizing diagnostics for use by the farmer at pond side will revolutionize the fight against disease in global aquaculture.  Reporting that data via smartphone apps will minimize onward spread and contribute to greater food security from this sector.”

 

Information: Professor Grant Stentiford, International Network for Shrimp Health, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), The Nothe, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB, United Kingdom (Phone +44-0-1305-206600, Email grant.stentiford@cefas.co.uk, Webpage https://www.cefas.co.uk/about-us).

 

Information: Dr. Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, Shrimp-Pathogen Interaction (SPI) Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency, Khlong Luang, Thailand (Webpage http://www.biotec.or.th/en/index.php).

 

Sources: 1. Gov.UK.  International Science Prize Aims to Keep Shrimp on the Menu.  Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.  December 5, 2017.  2. The Webpage of the International Network for Shrimp Health.  December 6, 2017.

 

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