Research Area 1: Improved understanding of epidemic and emerging infectious animal diseases
The brine shrimp Artemia is an aquatic invertebrate that are widely used as a live feed for farmed fish and shrimps. It has also become popular animal model organisms in many biological disciplines. The model Artemia offers a multipurpose platform to carry out cutting-edge basic and applied researches in the field of farmed aquatic and terrestrial animals, which includes host-pathogen interaction studies, quorum sensing in bacteria, regulation of virulence factors in pathogenic bacteria etc.
We can offer a variety of testings on Artemia in our lab:
1. Fast live-animal screening/testing of:
i. Plant- and microbial-derived bioactive compounds
ii. Pathogenic bacteria
iii. Probiotics and prebiotics
iv. Yeasts and yeast-derived products
v. Microplastic pollutants and other toxicants
vi. Single cell proteins
vii. Byproducts from treated organic wastes
viii. Feed additives
2. Genetic and epigenetic studies
i. Short generation time
ii. Availability of bisexual and parthenogenetic populations
iii. Common garden experiments
3. Microbiological studies
i. Germ-free and germ-associated Artemia available
ii. Gut microbiota studies
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