Day 2: 13 Nov 2019 - 11:25 – 11:45 PM
Global production of farmed shrimp reached 5.5 million tonnes in 2017 with a value of around US$34.2 billion. Albeit with a nearly five-fold increase in production since 2000, the industry is threatened by the outbreak of viral, fungal, bacterial, and parasitic diseases resulting in significant economic losses.
Routine pathogen monitoring for early response and animal quality management becomes important and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is an ideal molecular technique for pathogen detection in the earliest time with high sensitivity and specificity. In the past, PCR required experienced technicians to operate, causing inconvenience for farmers in remote areas due to the long transportation time. Furthermore, farmers are not able to respond immediately at the onset of a disease outbreak.
An easy-operated, fully automated Nucleic Acid Analyzer is now available. This is a powerful tool with minimal hands-on time, and which also minimises human errors. Nucleic Acid detection in 85 minutes at the pond-site with cost effective ready-to-use reagents and consumables aids farmers to respond immediately with effective treatment. Today, PCR is a scientific management system for animal health and quality control instead of solely as a diagnostic tool.