Diseases in AquacultureOrganization logo: Wageningen University & Research

About this course

The aim of the course is to understand the importance of microbial, viral and parasitic diseases in aquaculture, how to enumerate micro-organisms, to convey methodologies to prevent, to cure microbial diseases and and how to handle, manipulate and sample fish.

  • bacterial morphology;
  • enumeration methods for bacteria (including pcr, elisa);
  • antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, vaccination and immunostimulants in aquaculture;
  • overview of a selection of relevant aquatic animal diseases;
  • hygiene and sanitation;
  • probiotics;
  • case studies of marine fish hatcheries, including vaccination protocols;
  • handling/sampling techniques;
  • basic principles in epidemiology and ethical issues;
  • practical lab work on bacterial antibiotics susceptibility, bacterial plasmid conjugation, quorum sensing, bacterial virulence factors;
  • practical work on clinical investigation of fish.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • show insight into microbial morphology;
  • show insight into techniques to enumerate bacteria;
  • show knowledge on aquatic animal diseases and their causative/eliciting agents;
  • show insight into the pathogenesis of microbial diseases;
  • show insight into the importance of hygienic techniques in an aquaculture environment;
  • understand techniques for disease prevention, including the use of probiotics, immunostimulants and vaccines;
  • understand techniques for disease mitigation such as the use of antibiotics and bacteriophages;
  • show knowledge on handling and sampling techniques;
  • enumerate aquaculture pathogens;
  • determine antibiotic resistance transmission among bacterial species;
  • show knowledge on basic principles in epidemiology and ethical issues.

Prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
General Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and basic knowledge on Aquaculture.

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    ECTS 6
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  • Start date

    1 september 2022

    • Ends
      31 augustus 2023
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    1 september 2023

    • Ends
      31 augustus 2024
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      1 Jun, 23:59 - 15 Jul 2024
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