July 6, 2022

 

Researchers in Europe look into making safe bacteriophage therapy for Atlantic salmon

 

 

Researchers from the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark have teamed up to develop a safe and efficient bacteriophage therapy to control Pasteurella bacteria in Atlantic salmon farms.

 

Employing phages is a promising alternative to antibiotics and will help the aquaculture industry to become more sustainable.

 

In a newly released video, the researchers behind the project reveal how phages can help fight diseases not only in fish but also in swine and poultry farming. The project is led by the Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics at the Globe Institute and has received funding from the Norwegian Seafood Research Council FHF.

 

Pasteurella is a bacterium that causes infections in various organs, makes boils and fistulas and causes the fish to get sepsis and die. Applying bacteriophages to salmon farms is very promising as the phages are very specific and can work as a self-replicating medicine at the site of infection without killing or harming the rest of the "good" bacteria.

 

"Phages have an enormous potential to fight and control bacterial infections both in industrial and clinical settings," said Professor Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén. "They cannot harm our own cells as they are only able to infect bacteria, which makes them a great precision medicine tool."

 

- The Fish Site

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