Vaccine may protect fish from deadly columnaris disease
By Aaron Conklin
It’s insidious, it’s unpredictable and it’s one of the biggest threats faced by any freshwater aquaculture operation. Flavobacterium columnare, the bacteria behind the dreaded columnaris disease, can move with frightening quickness, leaving tanks of dead trout, perch and catfish in its wake.
But here’s the good news: Professors Mark McBride and David Hunnicutt are discovering some of the bacterium’s weapons, and, thanks to research funded in part by Wisconsin Sea Grant, they’re several steps closer to developing a vaccine that could neutralize them.
McBride, a professor of microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, spent years studying Flavobacterium, honing in on the basic biology that allows it to wreak havoc in aquaculture systems and in the wild.
Aquatic Invaders Backpack
The Aquatic Invaders Attack Pack is a rucksack filled with materials to help teach students and other groups about Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS), the problems they cause and what can be done about them. Each pack includes preserved specimens of some of the most problematic AIS in the Great Lakes, rugged plastic fact sheets, a classroom guide and a USB flash drive containing 10 lesson plans created by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The packs are designed to complement the Nab the Aquatic Invaders! website hosted by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.
Wisconsin residents can borrow an Attack Pack for free from Wisconsin Water Library. The Pack will be delivered to your local library via the Library Delivery Network of Wisconsin.
The Attack Packs were created by the UW Sea Grant Institute as part of a Great Lakes Sea Grant Network grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
These sites have many links to water-related information.
Wisconsin Water Library brings you AquaLog - a place the library will share information and news about water science.
This guide was developed for use by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students to assist in their pursuit of water research. Water is a cross-disciplinary topic so many types of resources are provided in the fields and departments of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food Science, Education, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science and more.
This Water Research Guide was developed with the help of Jennifer Champoux, Amy De Simone and Peter Rudrud.