Quest for the Holy Grail

Pur­suit of sea lice vac­cine hot topic at Phar­maq’s an­nual get to­gether

Fish Farmer - - Research Seminar -

IT WAS on day two of Phar­maqademy 2017, held in In­ver­ness last month, that Ben North up­dated del­e­gates on some changes that have been im­ple­mented at Ford­ing­bridge, the home of Phar­maq in the UK. Ben him Phar­maq here to the post of director of global Hamp­shire.

UK busi­ness now rests with Anne Day, who busi­ness as usual at Phar­maq, although, as hith­erto have been quite a chal­lenge for a com­pany with 220 em­ploy­ees.

- SmoltVi­sion, which helps sal­mon pro­duc­ers de­ter­mine when their smolts are ready to be trans­ferred to sea, was pre­sented by Elise Hjelle, who is man­ag­ing the process for the com­pany.

- upon an anal­y­sis of ATPase en­zyme lev­els, but mea­sur­ing readi­ness for trans­fer, the re­sults of which can be con­veyed to pro­duc­ers within 24 hours of re­ceiv­ing the sam­ples. The ser­vice has Faroes and Ice­land and the com­pany is now launch­ing the sys­tem in Scot­land and Ire­land.

- sess­ing when they are ca­pa­ble of be­ing trans­ferred to seawa­ter re­mains a chal­lenge and is cur­rently based on size (usu­ally around 100 grams).

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Elise, and to trout pro­duc­ers present at Phar

li­censed ther­a­peu­tant, AMX.

The cur­rent lice vac­cine re­search project at Phar­maq com­menced in re­spect to three can­di­date pro­teins, Bjørn Brude­seth was un­der no il­lu­sions about the long-term na­ture of the hunt for this Holy Grail and

A quicker re­turn on new re­search in the realm of sea lice may well out­lined the re­sults of a project, sup­ported by Phar­maq, that is try­ing to de­ter­mine what makes some sea lice re­sis­tant to deltamethrin.

- avail­able lice treat­ments.

- ported Bjørn’s view that the pur­suit of a vac­cine against parasites, while chal­leng­ing, is cer­tainly an en­ter­prise worth pur­su­ing. She pre­sented - re­sponse from the host.

an M. vis­cosa com­po­nent, it is char­ac­ter­is­ing iso­lates from a pool of

sam­ples col­lected from sal­mon, trout and, un­der the aus­pices of a SAIC

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BY CHRIS MITCHELL

Left: The cus­tom­ary Phar­maqademy cake. Above: Del­e­gates re­lax Phar­maq style with curl­ing

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