Vaccine helps fight bacteria at Viet catfish farm

Dr Jeffrey Seng with a sick catfish (right) and a healthy one at the Vietnam farm. The vaccine developed by his team effectively protected catfish at the farm from a bacterium called Aeromonas hydrophila.
Dr Jeffrey Seng with a sick catfish (right) and a healthy one at the Vietnam farm. The vaccine developed by his team effectively protected catfish at the farm from a bacterium called Aeromonas hydrophila.PHOTO: NANYANG POLYTECHNIC

Fish survival rates up thanks to project led by S'pore researchers

The Singapore-owned Hiep Thanh Group catfish farm in Vietnam is spread over an area the size of 250 football pitches and produces 35,000 tonnes to 40,000 tonnes of fish a year - much of which ends up in Singapore.

So when over half of its stock died because of deadly bacteria strains around two years ago, its owners were at a loss as to what to do.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2019, with the headline 'Vaccine helps fight bacteria at Viet catfish farm'. Print Edition | Subscribe