Environmental factors affecting the susceptibility of barramundi to Streptococcus iniae

Bromage, Erin, and Owens, Leigh (2009) Environmental factors affecting the susceptibility of barramundi to Streptococcus iniae. Aquaculture, 290 (3-4). pp. 224-228.

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A long-term environmental study was conducted to evaluate the significance of water temperature, pH and salinity on the prevalence of Streptococcus iniae mortalities in barramundi sea-cage facilities. It was determined that there is a strong association between temperature and increased mortality, specifically between 25 and 28 °C. Temperatures outside of that range result in decreased mortalities attributed to S. iniae. There was no statistical significance between pH or salinity and S. iniae induced mortality (pN0.05), although acidic conditions (bpH 6) occurring due to anthropogenic disturbances did result in acute mortalities and S. iniae was recovered from approximately 70% these fish. Laboratory challenge studies confirmed the temperature dependence of S. iniae infections as well as the increased susceptibility of barramundi to S. iniae during acid water conditions.

Item ID: 10639
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-5622
Keywords: Streptococcus iniae; barramundi; Lates calcarifer; environmental
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2010 22:11
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070404 Fish Pests and Diseases @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070707 Veterinary Microbiology (excl Virology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8301 Fisheries - Aquaculture > 830102 Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 100%
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