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Two major research strategies in the laboratory include (1) Research on defense mechanism of shrimp respond to infection and their application. Two lethal shrimp pathogens; White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and Yellow Head Virus (YHV) are in focus. Two models have been established to serve the strategies; persistent infection and intracellular infectious mechanisms of shrimp viruses. Another research strategy (2) is Research on shrimp pathogen discovery and characterization. The new emerging or recurrent shrimp pathogens will be characterized if it is the causative of a disease outbreak by using integrated platforms such as biochemical tests, microbiology techniques, molecular biology, metagenomics and transcriptomics. Bioinformatic tools and technology will also use to support the discovery of pathogen and characterization. This will help the development of shrimp aquaculture in sustainable direction.

  1. Models for persistent infection of WSSV in Black tiger shrimp
  2. Intracellular infection mechanism of WSSV and YHV
  3. Vaccine development for WSSV
  4. Shrimp pathogen discovery and characterization, e.g.,  White Feces Syndrome, Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) and  EMS/AHPND
  5. Development of detection methods for new emerging and re-emerging pathogens
  6. Studies of genomes and transcriptomes and database development of shrimp and shrimp pathogens
  7. Translations of research finding to farmers and shrimp industries
  8. Disease surveillance and disease emergency programs (INSH: http://www.insh.info)

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