As the world’s population grows, the aquaculture industry is playing a vital role in ensuring a consistent supply of fish and seafood, a healthy source of protein, via an efficient production method.
Fish ponds typically produce more than ten times as much edible product per m2 as land that is devoted to cattle farming. However, disease outbreaks are responsible for $6 billion annual losses for the aquaculture industry (2014 estimate from the World Bank). Nodavirus, an invasive disease, affects over 120 species of commercially farmed fish.
A new vaccine had been created to prevent the disease, which called for the development of a companion diagnostic which would enable the vaccine to be deployed accurately and provide reassurance to the end user that the vaccine was doing its job.