Diagnostic Tools for Managing Vibriosis in Marine Shellfish Hatcheries

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2014-00142
Agency Tracking Number: 2014-00142
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.7
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1440 FRANKLIN BLVD, Eugene, OR, 97403-0000
DUNS: 039386794
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Marusich
 Chief Scientific Officer
 (541) 521-8056
Business Contact
 Michael Marusich
Title: Chief Scientific Officer
Phone: (541) 521-8056
Email: mmarusich@mabdx.com
Research Institution
World marine food farming production (aquaculture) is dependent on hatchery and nursery production of large quantities of high quality larvae and juvenile shellfish, shrimp and fish. Bacterial diseases, particularly vibriosis, are a major cause of mortality in hatcheries and nurseries and causelarge losses and great expense for fish and shellfish growers along the nation & #39;s coasts. Simple, specific tests to detect vibriosis are lacking.Our research will result in a simple dipstick test (much like a pregnancy test dipstick) that hatcheryworkers can use to quickly and easily test forvibriosis. It is risky and cost prohibitive for hatcheries to operate with the uncertainty of larval survival and without the tools to determine the presence of vibriosis.The proposed test will provide theshellfish industry with a simple, straight-forward, and effective means to detect vibriosis in shellfish hatcheries, as well as an increased understanding of fundamental biological concepts that allow blooms of these bacteria in hatcheries.This information will likely alsobe applicable to help understand and control contamination by otherharmfulbacteria associated with aquatic animals and therefore offers potential wide-ranging applications. Consumers, rural communities, and the oyster industry can all be expected to benefit from this project.

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