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December 6, 2013

United States

Arizona—Researchers Think a Clean Environment May Encourage EMS


Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, the Director of the Office of International Agricultural Programs at the University of Arizona, said early mortality syndrome occurs because shrimp are living in “too clean” of an environment, which makes them prone to EMS.  The solution?  To introduce healthy bacteria to balance things out.  “It’s just like people eating yogurt to get the right kinds of bacteria, we’re kind of realizing that we have to do this with shrimp as well,” said Fitzsimmons.


During the week of December 3–6, 2013, several University of Arizona scientists traveled to Vietnam to share their findings and suggest possible solutions for the EMS epidemic.


Information: Kevin M. Fitzsimmons, University of Arizona, Environmental Research Lab, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA (phone 1-520-626-3324, fax 1-520-573-0852, email, webpage


Source: News4Tucson (TV). Video and Written Story.  UA Researchers Discover Disease Causing Global Shrimp Shortage.  Nathan O’Neal.  December 3, 2013.

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