Diagnostic Tool for Aquaculture


  • A handy peptide-based diagnostic tool was developed by scientists of Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • The tool detects the ‘White Spot Syndrome Virus’ (WSSV) - an aquaculture pathogen - to the shrimp Penaeus vannamei, which results in huge crop loss.
  • This high-value super-food (i.e. Penaeus vannamei) is susceptible to a wide range of viral and bacterial pathogens and the probability of occurrence of infections is rather high.
  • Improved nutrition, probiotics, disease resistance, quality control of water, seed and feed, immuno-stimulants and affordable vaccines play an important role in enhancing the production.
  • Earlier, the detection of the White Spot Syndrome Virus was done by the field-usable kit ‘Immunoassay’, a peptide-based agent.

Facts to know:


  • The Agharkar Research Institute is located in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • Aquaculture is breeding, raising, and harvesting fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants.
  • White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) is the only genus in the family Nimaviridae.
White Spot Syndrome Virus
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