- RESEARCH LED BY AZTI HAS CONCLUDED THAT PHAGES ARE AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN AQUACULTURE
Therapy with phages, instead of antibiotics, is a highly promising option in aquaculture to control the transfer of bacteria that cause important losses or which may be harmful to consumers. Use of these organisms, which infect and destroy bacteria, would significantly reduce the environmental impact of fish farms, whilst increasing their profitability by lowering mortality in the early stages of the breeding process.
Spanish and Portuguese researchers continue to analyze the environmental impact of the use of bacteriophages that fight against microorganisms responsible for the diseases in fish farms. The research, funded by the European LIFE program, is led by the Spanish technology center AZTI and is also participate by researchers from Biopolis S.L. (Spain), the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Piscicultura Aguacircia (Portugal).
Our college Dra. Adelaide Almeida (University of Aveiro) presented a poster with the theme: “Phage therapy in the inactivation of Aeromonas salmonicida in aquaculture systems: inactivation in water and in juvenile Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis)” during the international conference “Water Microbiology and Novel Technologies” held in Chicago (USA) between 18 and 19 of July.
During June 2016, Professor Adelaide Almeida and her group have taught an advanced course on the use of bacteriophages as antibacterial agents course.
Dr. Catarina Moreirinha (University of Aveiro) has presented the results of the Enviphage project in the Phage Therapy World Congress (Paris). Her oral presentation to more than 100 researchers from around the world generated great interest among the attendees. You can access the summary of his presentation at the “Diffusion material ” section.
Igor Hernandez (AZTI) presented the project Enviphage within the Networking session organized in the General Secretariat of Fisheries (Madrid).
The group of Aviero University has presented a poster at the 1st International Caparica Conference on Antibiotic Resistance with the initial results of Enviphage proyect. The results show a high antibacterial activity against Aeromonas (a pathogen of fish aquaculture ) and that phagotherapy do-not modify the bacterial flora present in fish
Our colleague Adelaide Almeida presented phagotherapy within the course of Innovative Approaches to inactivate antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This course , developed at the University of Aveiro, has devoted two days in theoretical and practical aspects of phagotherapy and antibiotic resistences
The scientific magazine “Aquaculture” has published the description of AS-A1, one phage for treatment within the project life- enviphage . The article, downloadable from the website, describes the isolation and characterization of this phage selected for the enviphage Project.
Adelaide Almeida has presented some of the results of the project within its enviphage talk about phage therapy as a therapy against Aeromonas aquaculture in 2015 Aquaculutre conference in Montpelier , France
AZTI presented the Life-Enviphage Project and preliminary results in the III Conference on food Security and Safety the Basque Country, to a representation of authorities and scientists in the Basque Country . The presentation is available on the web