Imagine this: a simple water test and you’re able to make a diagnosis of Chilodonella or white spot disease. And all even before fish show signs of illness!
Check out the cutting-edge technology that The Fish Vet’s team member is working on.
eDNA stands for environmental deoxyribose nucleic acid or DNA found in the environment (e.g. water, soil, saliva, faeces, etc).
The initial purpose of eDNA methodology is for aquaculturists to avoid serious losses (deaths, inappetance, poor growth, increased production time, disease spread, cost of medicines, cost of diagnostics, delayed harvest, gaps in production, replacement costs, loss of breed lines, etc.) due to disease outbreaks, for the better health and welfare of their fish stocks.
I’d imagine that this will eventually be within the reach of aquarium hobbyists too. So there will be no more guess work for DIY fish doctors, to get the right diagnosis, for the right treatment.
Read more about it here – https://thefishsite.com/articles/environmental-dna-sampling-shows-huge-potential-for-aquaculture
Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
Aquatic Veterinarian & Veterinary Pathologist.
PERTH | MELBOURNE | SYDNEY | TOWNSVILLE | BRIBIE ISLAND.
THE FISH VET – AUSTRALIA.
Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 421 822 383