Keith Greig, Managing Director of Brinicombe, believes that the diet-based approach to pest management could also prove effective in combating aquaculture parasites other than sea lice.
He said: “We have used our unique anti-parasitic technology for several years with good success in large animals globally and have had recent breakthroughs in the poultry sector, resulting in farms reducing their reliance on a medicated approach to parasite control.
“We have already seen encouraging results in preliminary aquatic trials on monogeneans, confirming that our technology has the potential to be transferrable between fish host species and target parasites.
“This project comes at an exciting time for our business and, if we can establish that the technology is transferable fully to the aquaculture market, it could be transformational for an industry that is battling an increasing parasitic population as seas warm, along with the on-going dilemma of antimicrobial resistance.”
The project is funded by the Denis Brinicombe Group, Innovate UK, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.