BIOTEC organized the workshop on detection of bacteria causing early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp on 24 April 2014 at Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani. The workshop aimed to disseminate EMS detection protocol by PCR method to researchers in public and private sector in Thailand so as the protocol can be widely implemented to curb the spread of these shrimp outbreaks.
In 2013, shrimp culture industry in Thailand has been severely affected by EMS causing the 50 percent decrease in the shrimp production, while the spreading of EMS in other countries led to 11 percent reduction globally. The disease has been characterized as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis (AHPND) in the absence of any accompanying sign of an infectious agent during the early cultivation period of approximately 35 days. These outbreaks have led to Thailand-Taiwan collaboration to develop primer and protocol to detect AHPND. The announcement of free release of such protocol and relevant information was made in December 2013.
In this workshop, participants had an opportunity to have a hands-on practice on sample collections, performing PCR on the samples and interpreting the results. In addition, lectures to update on current status of EMS in Thailand and other on-going research projects concerning EMS were delivered by experts from the Department of Fisheries, Mahidol University and BIOTEC.
Posted on 25 April 2014