Identification of Renibacterium Salmoninarum Strains of Potential Threat to Great Lakes Salmon Populations

Grant: # 0289

Grant Amount: $256,285.47

Board Decision Year: 2002

Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing)

Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

Loch, Thomas ([email protected]) (517) 884-2019

GLFT - Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations-C - Ecological and biological fisheries research to inform management

Project Details

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD), caused by Renibacterium salmoninarum, is a devastating disease of Great Lakes salmonids. Researchers for this project enhanced diagnosis of BKD by developing sensitive molecular probes that will differentiate between virulent and avirulent strain(s). This new diagnostic procedure will be useful in epizootiological surveys and disease control. Ultimately, this will facilitate better management of salmon fisheries in the Great Lakes and lower the prevalence of clinical BKD outbreaks.


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