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Unzipping Turbot Genes to Ease Disease

SPAIN - A team of researchers from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Santiago (USC) are working on carrying out genetic and sanitary improvements in turbot (Psetta maxima) aimed at curbing high mortality of the fish in Galician marine farms.

Funded by the Xunta de Galicia, the initiative is coordinated by the Genetics Group for Aquaculture at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Lugo and the Department of Microbiology at the University of Vigo, reports FIS.

According to a recent news report, experts are trying to develop “more effective” vaccines than those available on the market.

“[The goal is] to improve turbot productivity, as it is the most important farmed fish species in Galicia from an economic point of view,” stated Manuel Lemos Ramos, professor of USC's Pathology group in Aquaculture.

Researchers link the high incidence of mortality with “major losses” for the aquaculture sector, reports FIS.

After signing an accord with the Galician Aquaculture Cluster, the team now has turbot and salmon of various fish farms available for the study of the harmful Aeromonas salmonicida bacterium.

the Fish Site Editor

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