Disease Control for Aquaculture - Isis Project No 77841
Technology Source: The Microbiology and Parasitology department, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
An alternative to antibiotics to treat infectious diseases caused by bacteria, for application in aquaculture and other animal farming sectors.
This technology offers a novel method for disease control in aquaculture. The technology disrupts chemical communication between disease-causing bacteria, preventing them from forming a biofilm and launching a co-ordinated attack on the fish.
This disease control product is a feed additive to be used in fish, and other animal, farming sectors. By controlling pathogenic bacterial virulence, it reduces fish and other animal loss and therefore increases the productivity of the farm. It acts as an effective disease-control method without resorting to prophylactic antibiotics.
The technology controls the virulence of pathogenic gram negative bacteria, which are significant in fish farming. In the past, growth of gram negative bacteria has been controlled through regular delivery of prophylactic antibiotics. This misuse of antibiotics as a preventative measure has led to reports of antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria. Also, the presence of residual antibiotics in aquaculture products constitutes a threat to human health. For these reasons the use of antibiotic prophylactics in agriculture was banned by the EU Parliament in 2006.
This, combined with the fact that over 50% of fish production will be in farms by 2014, means that there exists a strong market driver for the development and commercialisation of novel disease control methods in the aquaculture sector.
The invention is the covered by two patent applications. The first (PCT/ES2009/070306) is granted in Spain and on national phase in the US, EU and China. The second (PCT/ES2011/070417) is under examination in Spain and in process under PCT. An opportunity exists for licensing of the IP and/or a research collaboration with the research group; please contact the Consultant using the link below.