Identification of exotic bacterial and viral pathogens in imported ornamental fish and managing the disease risks posed by these fish to the Australian aquaculture industries

Summary

The project will provide a comprehensive study into the identification of nationally and internationally significant pathogens carried by ornamental fish imported to Australia.  

Supervisor(s)

Dr Joy Becker

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The project will provide a comprehensive study into the identification of nationally and internationally significant pathogens carried by ornamental fish imported to Australia.Nearly 18 million ornamental fish are imported annually under a policy based on an Import Risk Analysis published in 1999. Despite the biosecurity measures in place since 2000, there have been several incidents of exotic pathogens from ornamental fish affecting wild and farmed fish populations. The study will identify species of imported ornamental fish harbouring diseases of quarantine significance and what threat the distribution of these fish pose to the wild or natural and aquaculture fish populations in Australia. The results of this study will provide information to improve current quarantine procedures and policy in the management of the biosecurity risk of imported ornamental fish. The project will start in early 2015.

Additional Information

The student will be based at the Camden campus of the University of Sydney. The student should have a good quantitative aptitude and willing to learn diverse range of epidemiological and laboratory methods.The successful candidate must have completed an undergraduate degree in science, agriculture, veterinary science or equivalent, have research experience (Honours or Master's degree), good analytical and communication skills.The successful applicant must apply for and be awarded a scholarship (stipend) for example, an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or IPA (International Postgraduate Award). For international students, the student must have a scholarship which covers full tuition fees and a living allowance.

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Keywords

fish, ornamental fish

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1913