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Freshwater Science: Fungal-Like Disease Detection in Aquaculture Operations

May 19, 2022 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

Aquaculture is a growing industry in Ohio and the Great Lakes region, providing farm-raised seafood ranging from crawfish to walleye. And just like land-based farms, fish farmers spend a lot of time making sure their animals are healthy.

Dr. Vipa Phuntumart and her team at Bowling Green State University have developed a method to detect Saprolegnia, a fungal-like pathogen that can result in an estimated loss of $40 million to U.S. aquaculture operations every year, in water samples from fish farms. This way, the fish can be treated with eco-friendly options before they show symptoms.

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information.

About the Speaker

Vipa Phuntumart
Vipa Phuntumart Department of Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Vipa Phuntumart is a pathologist with strong interest and expertise in molecular techniques and bioinformatics analysis. She has a broad background in molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions. Her main research interests revolve around the molecular basis of host-microbe interactions. She is interested in both host-pathogen and host-beneficial microbe interactions. Her work has important implications for future agriculture, agri-business and food security. Her current projects include research on the interactions between pathogenic oomycetes, and their hosts (plant and aquatic animals such as fish and crayfish). Current techniques used in her lab are bioinformatic analysis, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), quantitative PCR, epigenetic gene regulation and functional genomics. An important goal of the laboratory is to educate and prepare future scientists in the latest molecular and genomic techniques.

Freshwater Science webinar series, go.osu.edu/OSGWebinars

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