This project aims to to differentiate specific pathogens based on the reaction of a suite of immunology biomarkers, increasing availability of immunology biomarkers for fish health and diagnostic screening purposes.
This feasibility study shall focus on the development of Atlantic salmon specific immunology assays for use on hight throughput automated instrumentation through both desktop and laboratory investigation. Abnormalities in fish health due to a large range of pathogens and physiological anomalies are identifiable using biomarkers. Despite the huge economic value of the global aquaculture sector, very few useful immunology biomarkers are currently available for fish health and diagnostic screening purposes with the specificity and sensitivity to detect pathogens or physiological anomalies at an early stage, facilitating early intervention and treatment.
This project shall undertake a thorough review of the key immune markers of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), with particular focus on the immunological response to the four most common pathogens occurring in the Scottish salmon industry. Ultimately, we aim to differentiate specific pathogens based on the reaction of a suite of immunology biomarkers and shall separate out the infection-based responses from other potential stressors such as handling, nutrition and environmental factors.
University of the West of Scotland