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Aquaculture is the fastest growing food-producing sector, and the sustainability of this industry is critical both for global food security and economic welfare. The management of infectious disease represents a key challenge. Here, we discuss the opportunities afforded by whole genome sequencing of bacterial and viral pathogens of aquaculture to mitigate disease emergence and spread. We outline, by way of comparison, how sequencing technology is transforming the molecular epidemiology of pathogens of public health importance, emphasizing the importance of community-oriented databases and analysis tools.

Original publication

DOI

10.3389/fmicb.2017.00121

Type

Journal article

Journal

Frontiers in microbiology

Publication Date

01/2017

Volume

8

Addresses

The Milner Centre for Evolution, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath Bath, UK.