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May 30, 2013


National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Believes EMS Will Be Alleviated This Year.


The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Biotec) believes early mortality syndrome (EMS), blamed for the recent drop in Thailand’s shrimp supply, will be alleviated this year!


Associate Professor Suvit Tia, Biotec’s deputy executive director, said the agency’s Shrimp Biotechnology Business Unit (SBBU) has been working intensively with its research network of state universities and the private sector to tackle EMS.  We’re nearly finished with our job of mitigating the EMS outbreak in shrimp, said Suvit.


SBBU has also collaborated with researchers in Vietnam and Indonesia to defeat the outbreak.


The Thai Shrimp Association expects this year’s shrimp production will drop by 10% to 540,000 metric tons from last year’s 600,000 tons, which was a 6% decline from 2011, all due to EMS.


When just on shrimp in a pond becomes infected with EMS, they all suddenly die!


SBBU was established in 1999 to prevent disease and boost productivity in the shrimp industry. Its 640-square-meter facility in Rangsit’s Science Park includes a laboratory and commercial shrimp ponds.  It develops products under the Ezee Gene brand.


The SBBU offers services to both local and foreign shrimpers and has conducted a number of training courses on diagnosing shrimp disease.


“Shrimp is one of the world’s major food resources, but very sensitive to disease, particularly the new high-yield breeds,” said Suvit, adding that 80% of shrimp disease is caused by viruses and bacteria.


Source: Bangkok Post.  Biotec Signs on to Battle Shrimp Disease.  Yuthana Praiwan.  May 30, 2013.


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