Location: Aquatic Animal Health Research
Project Number: 6420-32000-019-00
Start Date: Dec 14, 2004
End Date: Dec 13, 2009
1) In vitro and in vivo models will be developed to study the mechanisms of immune responses that will include passive immunization, antibody and cell-mediated assays, western blotting and protein electrophoresis of protective antigens; 2) Vaccine master seeds will be identified by their virulence characteristics in tissue culture, organ cultures and/or fish experiments. Technologies used to develop domestic animal and human vaccines will be used to formulate and produce fish vaccines; 3) Immersion and oral immunization protocols will be assessed to determine mass immunization strategies that will include encapsulation of vaccine into algal products and similar substances; and 4) The influences of water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, confinement and handling stress on the immunity responses following vaccination will be assessed in experimental vaccine trials and under field conditions.