The promise of whole genome pathogen sequencing for the molecular epidemiology of emerging aquaculture pathogens

Sion C. Bayliss, David W. Verner-Jeffreys, Kerry L. Bartie, David M. Aanensen, Samuel K. Sheppard, Alexandra Adams, Edward J. Feil*

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Abstract

Aquaculture is the fastest growing food-producing sector, and the sustainability of this industry is critical both for global food security and economic welfare. The management of infectious disease represents a key challenge. Here, we discuss the opportunities afforded by whole genome sequencing of bacterial and viral pathogens of aquaculture to mitigate disease emergence and spread. We outline, by way of comparison, how sequencing technology is transforming the molecular epidemiology of pathogens of public health importance, emphasizing the importance of community-oriented databases and analysis tools.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Volume8
Issue numberFEB
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
SB, KB, DA, SS, AA, and EF are funded on the wgs-aqua.net project funded by BBSRC/NERC as part of the sustainable aquaculture call (BB/M026388/1). Cefas have also contributed significant funding to this project. Many thanks to Ola Brynildsrud for providing information, advice and the R. salmoninarum dataset for Microreact and WGSA.net and to Corin Yeats for setting up the R. salmoninarum WGSA scheme and website.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Bayliss, Verner-Jeffreys, Bartie, Aanensen, Sheppard, Adams and Feil.

Keywords

  • Aquaculture
  • Bacteria
  • Genomics
  • Infectious disease
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Pathogens
  • Viruses
  • Whole genome sequencing

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