The main task of this proposal is to develop a vaccine(es) against fish pasteurellosis and to establish a vaccination programme, which will protect susceptible fish for the duration of their life on the farm. The main research goals of the project are: the identification of Pasteurella piscicida antigens which are important for the pathogenesis of fish pasteurellosis, the investigation of the immunogenicity of these products for susceptible fish, the determination of their protective role as vaccine components and finally the development of vaccines and vaccination programmes. It is intended, through this project and using as a vessel this important bacterial disease of the Mediterranean region of Europe, to study in depth the immunology of marine fish (other than that of the salmonids). This discipline has not yet been researched in detail and the clarification of its various aspects will substantially assist in the future in addressing new disease problems of marine fish species with great economic interest for the European Union.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
FK9 4LA Stirling