Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Glasgow University researchers in sea lice-resistant salmon plan

19 August 2015 

Media captionResearchers at Glasgow University develop a new way of breeding farmed salmon to protect the fish from sea lice

Researchers at Glasgow University have developed a new way to protect farmed salmon from sea lice.

The tiny crustaceans are a naturally-occurring parasite that can cause disease and are responsible for many losses to wild and farmed fish stocks.

With resistance to chemical treatments rising, the Glasgow team has been looking at breeding resistance.

It has now come up with a new protocol to breed resistant fish and developed a mathematical model to predict outcomes.

Sea lice can cause skin lesions and increased susceptibility to infections by suppressing the host's immune system.

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