Tilapia lake virus (TiLV) is an emerging virus that causes syncytial hepatitis of tilapia with mortalities of up to 90%. Recent disease outbreaks in Thai tilapia farms have been associated with high cumulative mortalities and histopathological features typical of SHT. Infection has now been confirmed. The semi-nested RT-PCR protocol described here may be used freely for non-commercial applications to detect TiLV. The authors urge laboratories in Asia to test for TiLV when abnormal tilapia mortality occurs.
On behalf of the network, the NACA Secretariat would like to express our profound condolences to the people of Thailand regarding the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The world's longest serving monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol reigned for more than 70 years.
His Majesty was reknowned for his personal involvement in and commitment to development for the people of Thailand and the region, establishing his first rural development project in Huai Mongkol village of Hua Hin in 1952. In 2006 he was presented with the first UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievment Award by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
He was, and will remain, a guiding light and a role model for us all.
NACA's Director General Dr Cherdsak Virapat was interviewed on the "Around the World" radio programme of Saranrom (AM 1575 kHz), concerning the mission and role of NACA in regional food security. Please note the interview is in Thai language.
>>> Listen to the interview (31 minutes).
The Second International Technical Seminar/Workshop on AHPND: There is a way Forward! will be held from 23-25 June 2016 at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
The purpose of the meeting is to update knowledge and exchange experiences in dealing with AHPND, to validate current concepts and models under different systems and environmental conditions and to put into action the responsibilities of the different sectors (i.e. government, producer and academe) as a way forward to deal with AHPND.
The meeting will consist of three technical sessions looking at EMS/AHPND through the lens of the industry, the academe and the government sectors and a fourth session on the way forward.
All interested stakeholders are welcome to attend. A catering fee of US$40 / day applies (includes lunch plus morning and afternoon tea). Reservations will be accepted until close of business on 10 June; places are limited.
A global conference on climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture will be held in Bangkok from 8-10 August. The "FishAdapt" conference is being organised by 21 partner organisations from around the world and sponsored by the governments of Japan, Norway, Thailand and the United States.
Climate change is altering aquatic ecosystems, driving shifts in physical and chemical processes, ecological communities and the distribution and abundance of species. These changes have implications for fisheries management, food security and the livelihoods of more than 600 million people world wide that are employed in fisheries and aquaculture or related industries.
This conference is targeted at scientists, development professionals and natural resource managers working in the context of fisheries, aquaculture, rural development and related fields. It will provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies.
The conference will bridge inter-disciplinary gaps and provide a wider, shared perspective on the issues and the current state of knowledge. If you would like to contribute to the development of the conference or to help shape the programme please contact Cassandra De Young (Cassandra.DeYoung 'at' fao.org) for more information.
The FishAdapt Conference website is now open for registration and submission of abstracts!