Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fish hatchery offers research opportunities

Catfish research at Mississippi State University is no surprise given that Mississippi leads the nation in catfish production, but the potential applications of that research through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s fish hatchery are another story.

As the state’s land-grant university, MSU conducts research that benefits this valuable aquaculture industry and consumers. While some of that research can take place in farm ponds, other studies require fish with known health histories.

“In some disease research, we need animals free of external factors that could influence results,” said Dr Lora Petrie-Hanson, an associate professor of immunology in the CVM’s Department of Basic Sciences. “These animals are referred to as specific pathogen free, or SPF, and we rear our fish under SPF conditions.” Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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