UA scientists help save shrimp - Tucson News Now

UA scientists help save shrimp

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TUCSON (Tucson News Now) - University of Arizona scientists are helping fight a bacterial disease that is killing off shrimp in three countries.

Thailand, China and Vietnam produce the most shrimp in the world, but now production is down by nearly 50 percent in some places because of Early Mortality Syndrome. UA researchers have now created a diagnostic test that can spot the disease quickly, allowing shrimp producers to separate diseased catches from the healthy ones.

Arizona scientist Don Lightner helped develop the test, and he's getting it into the hands of shrimp farmers overseas through Tech Launch Arizona, the university branch which gets developments from the UA out of the lab and onto the market. The UA now has a licensing agreement with GeneReach Biotechology to make it available worldwide.

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