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Research Project: The Role of Mucosal Surfaces and Microflora in Immunity and Disease Prevention

Location: Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart National Aquaculture Research Cntr

Title: Peracetic acid - a greener solution for disinfecting aquaculture systems

Author
item Straus, David - Dave
item Meinelt, Thomas - Leibniz Institute Of Freshwater Ecology And Inland Fisheries
item Liu, Dibo - Leibniz Institute Of Freshwater Ecology And Inland Fisheries
item Pedersen, Lars-fleming - Technical University Of Denmark
item Gesto, Manuel - Technical University Of Denmark
item Davidson, John - Freshwater Institute
item Good, Chris - Freshwater Institute

Submitted to: Book of Abstracts World Aquaculture Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/22/2018
Publication Date: 8/25/2018
Citation: Straus, D.L., Meinelt, T., Liu, D., Pedersen, L., Gesto, M., Davidson, J., Good, C. 2018. Peracetic acid - a greener solution for disinfecting aquaculture systems [abstract]. Book of Abstracts World Aquaculture Society. p. 728.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Peracetic acid (PAA) has recently been introduced as a green disinfectant for biosecurity in the US aquaculture industry to prevent disease outbreaks from fish pathogens. It is increasingly being used to replace chlorine in many industries. PAA is approved for use in Denmark, Germany and Norway as a water disinfectant in aquaculture. Our international collaborations have studied its applications to aquaculture including its effectiveness to pathogens such as Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Saprolegnia spp., and various bacteria, as well as its degradation in water, toxicity to fish, and effect on fish stress. Our research studies will be reviewed. PAA is a stabilized mixture of acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and water that breaks down quickly to water and a small amount of dilute acetic acid (i.e., vinegar). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first registered PAA as an antimicrobial in 1985 for indoor use on hard surfaces (e.g., hospitals). Registrations have been expanded to include: sanitation in food/beverage facilities, agricultural premises, wineries/breweries, greenhouse equipment, animal housing, meat and poultry processing, commercial laundries, prevention of bio-film formation in pulp/paper industries, and as a disinfectant for wastewater treatment.