agr3mic micro aquatic animal disease



Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop detailed knowledge of the microbiological taxonomy of fungi, bacteria and viruses, their habitats and economic value. Theory will be applied through preparation of agar plates, quantitative analysis of plates, bacterial species identification, investigation of aquatic animal health and diseases (infectious and non-infectious), farm hygiene, and relevant legislation and quarantine laws. In addition, the subject will develop skills in handling aquaculture animals on farms and the translocation of aquaculture animals. This subject combines theory and practice through investigation and experimental skills including drug therapy dose calculation and application.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Demonstrated capacity to undertake the subject, requiring approval from the Course Coordinator and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAnaesthetic and sedative techniques for aquatic animalsRecommendedRoss, L & Ross, B 20083RD EDN, BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD, MELBOURNE
ReadingsAquaculture microbiology and biotechnologyRecommendedDidier, M 2009ENFIELD, N.H., SCIENCE.
ReadingsAquaplan: Australia's national strategic plan for aquatic animal health 2005-2010RecommendedDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2005DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY, CANBERRA.
ReadingsBacteria from fish and other acquatic animals: A practical identification manualRecommendedBuller, N 2004CABI PUBLISHING, WALLINGFORD.
ReadingsBacterial fish pathogens: diseases of farmed and wild fishRecommendedAustin, B & Austin D 2007PRAXIS PUBLISHING LTD, CHICHESTER, UK.
ReadingsBrock biology of microorganismsRecommendedMadigan, M, Martinko, J, Dunlap, P & Clark, D 200912TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, INC., SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
ReadingsCurrent trends in the study of bacterial and viral fish and shrimp diseasesRecommendedYin, L 2004WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING, SINGAPORE.
ReadingsFish disease: diagnosis and treatmentRecommendedNoga, E 2010IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, IOWA.
ReadingsFood microbiologyRecommendedAdam, M & Moss M 20083RD EDN, RSC PUBLISHING, CAMBRIDGE, UK.
ReadingsMicrobiology an introductionRecommendedTortora, G, Funke, B & Case, C 20048TH EDN, PEARSON EDUCATION, INC, SAN FRANCISCO.
ReadingsSystemic pathology of fish: a text and atlas of normal tissues in teleosts and their responses in diseaseRecommendedFerguson, H 20062ND EDN, SCOTIAN PRESS, LONDON.
ReadingsThe new illustrated guide to fish diseases in ornamental tropical and pond fishRecommendedBassleer, G 2006BASSLEER BIOFISH, WESTMEERBEEK, BELGIUM.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply techniques in microbiological sampling, bacterial culture including media preparation, and microscopy

Workshop sessions and practical exercises in the laboratory will be used to explore techniques of sampling and culture of microorganisms.
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Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Use bacterial taxonomies and culture techniques in identifying bacteria up to Genus/species level

Laboratory exercises supported by workshop sessions will be used to apply techniques of taxonomy and culture to identify bacteria.
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Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Identify various types of infectious (including viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic) and non-infectious (including environmental, genetic, nutritional) diseases and apply the principles of disease diagnosis

Laboratory exercises supported by workshop sessions will be used to apply techniques of taxonomy and culture to identify infectious microorganisms and their diagnosis.
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Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

04. Apply detailed knowledge of animal health related to farm hygiene, relevant legislation and quarantine laws and explain how to prevent, control, and treat diseases and consider ethical issues

Workshop sessions, practical sessions using the aquaculture facilities and field trips will be used to explore issues related to diseases. Group discussion of regulations, quarantine and best practice will be used. Demonstration and discussion of control measures will occur on site and in workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness(Ethical Awareness)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

05. Interpret, communicate and present ideas related to farm hygiene using correct scientific language and academic conventions

Students will prepare and present reports to the class on various aspects of farm hygiene. Individual and group tutorials will be used to assist students in the preparation of these reports.
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