CIBA develops new product to curb bacterial illness

Chennai, September 21

The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) on Monday stated it had developed a ‘bacteriophage-based’ product that’s efficient in bio-control of bacterial ailments in shrimp hatchery settings, killing solely particular disease-causing micro organism.

The particular bacteriophages, that are viruses, would assist produce high quality shrimp seeds, free from antibiotics, the CIBA, established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, stated in a launch right here.

“The ‘phage prophylaxis and therapy’ developed by the research institute is based on bacteriophages which are viruses that kill only specific disease-causing bacteria and act as therapeutic agents in controlling bacterial infections,” it stated quoting scientists.

Unlike within the case of antibiotics, bacteriophage remedy has no residual points and has benefits of being particular to their host micro organism with out harming different micro-organisms, it stated.

According to Dr SV Alavandi, Principal Scientist and Head of Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division of CIBA which developed the know-how, bacterial ailments like vibriosis in aquaculture hatcheries typically trigger appreciable financial loss to hatchery operators throughout the globe.

“CIBA’s new product will be of great use in preventing and controlling such diseases in aquaculture especially in shrimp hatcheries,” he stated.

CIBA Director KK Vijayan stated the product contains of a “cocktail of phages” which might neutralise a variety of pathogenic bacteria-causing ailments and was useful in changing using antibiotics which, based on him, pose the priority of residues and antimicrobial resistance.

In order to popularise the product via large-scale business manufacturing and advertising, the CIBA signed an MoU with Salem Microbes Private Limited in Salem to switch the know-how to the corporate, stated the discharge. PTI

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