Infectious Disease in Aquaculture

1st Edition

Prevention and Control

Editors: B Austin
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857090164
eBook ISBN: 9780857095732
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 25th April 2012
Page Count: 560
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Part I: Immune responses in fish and shellfish and their implications for disease control

Chapter 1: The innate and adaptive immune system of fish


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Overview of immune cells and organs in fish

1.3 Fish innate immune response

1.4 An overview of the adaptive immune response in fish

1.5 Immune regulation: the cytokine network in fish

1.6 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Crustacean immune responses and their implications for disease control


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Cellular defence

2.3 Hematopoiesis

2.4 Defence against viruses

2.5 Pattern recognition in crustaceans

2.6 The prophenoloxidase (proPO) cascade

2.7 Coagulation

2.8 Antimicrobial proteins

2.9 Future trends and conclusions

Chapter 3: Immune responses in molluscs and their implications for disease control


3.1 Introduction

3.2 The molluscan immune system

3.3 Disease control in bivalves

3.4 Conclusions

3.5 Acknowledgements

Chapter 4: Stress and resistance to infectious diseases in fish


4.1 Introduction: disease is not just the presence of pathogens

4.2 Fish immune and stress responses

4.3 Individual variability and population level effects

4.4 Conclusions

Part II: Advances in disease diagnostics, veterinary drugs and vaccines

Chapter 5: Advances in diagnostic methods for mollusc, crustacean and finfish diseases


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Mollusc disease diagnostic methods

5.3 Crustacean disease diagnostic methods

5.4 Finfish disease diagnostic methods

5.5 Future trends

Chapter 6: Quality assurance in aquatic disea


With an ever increasing demand for seafood that cannot be met by capture fisheries alone, growing pressure is being placed on aquaculture production. However, infectious diseases are a major constraint. Infectious disease in aquaculture: prevention and control brings together a wealth of recent research on this problem and its effective management.

Part one considers the innate and adaptive immune responses seen in fish and shellfish together with the implications of these responses for disease control. The specific immune response of molluscs and crustaceans is considered in depth, along with the role of stress in resistance to infection. Advances in disease diagnostics, veterinary drugs and vaccines are discussed in part two, with quality assurance, the use and effects of antibiotics and anti-parasitic drugs in aquaculture, and developments in vaccination against fish are explored. Part three focuses on the development of specific pathogen-free populations and novel approaches for disease control. Specific pathogen free shrimp stocks, developments in genomics and the use of bacteria and bacteriophages as biological agents for disease control are explored, before the management and use of natural antimicrobial compounds.

With its distinguished editor and expert team of contributors, Infectious disease in aquaculture: prevention and control provides managers of aquaculture facilities and scientists working on disease in aquaculture with a comprehensive and systematic overview of essential research in the prevention and control of infectious disease.

Key Features

  • Collates a wealth of recent research on infectious disease and its effective management in aquaculture production
  • Considers the innate and adaptive immune responses seen in fish and shelfish and the implications for disease control
  • Discusses advances in disease diagnostics, veterinary drugs and vaccines


Industry and government officials in the food fish industry, fish pathologists, veterinarians and health experts.


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About the Editors

B Austin Editor

Brian Austin is the Director of the Institute of Aquaculture and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Stirling. He is internationally-known for his research on infectious disease in aquaculture.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Stirling, UK