Drs Hauton and Shehkar attended an ESRC Newton Award holder event on maximising impact that was hosted by the University of Glasgow and the ESRC at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow. This two-day event brought together Newton Project awardees from all over the world to share their experiences of maximising the impact of their awards and to learn the latest opportunities for additional funding to enhance the impact opportunities for funded project.
Drs Hauton and Smith visited CAHC in Vellore during August to take part in joint WSSV-infection trials with Dr Sahul Hameed and his research team. Studies compared the mortality in the white shrimp Penaeus vannameiand the freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergiiwhen infected with a new strain of WSSV isolated in India (Sahul Hameed et al., in press. Journal of Fish Diseases). During this week visit, the team participated in an International Seminar on Disease of Aquatic Animals that was attend by Dr S. Felix from Tamil Nadu Fisheries University who gave the Inaugural Address.
Recently the project has attracted the attention of the media, with some nice articles that explain the rationale behind our work:
(in: EurekAlert – The global source for science news)
(in: World fishing and aquaculture – Informing the global fishing industry since 1952)
Consortium members from the UK and Bangladesh attended the recent ISAAHE symposium hosted by the NBFGR in Lucknow. This meeting, which was attend by researchers, farmers and other stakeholders across India included presentations by Profs Morgan and Van West and Drs Hauton, Smith, Pradhan and Sood.
Subjects included principles of epidemiology and practical epidemiology, policy frameworks for presenting disease, new developments in our understanding of diseases in molluscs, crustaceans and fish as well as outcomes of the Indian Disease Surveillance Programme for aquaculture.
This meeting was immediately followed by a funding review meeting held for the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), which was hosted by the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture in Chennai. This one-day meeting reviewed progress during the first year of the projects and agreed a plan of work for the next twelve months and heard presentations from all Tasks and teams in the project.
Drs Chris Hauton, Sergei Shubin and Tanjil Sowgat recently spent time in Khulna and Mymensingh, visiting shrimp farmers, promoting the work or the project and conducting socioeconomic surveys and questionnaires. This visit was part of a 50-day programme of fieldwork conducted by Dr Sowgat in different districts in Bangladesh. During the field activities the research team also made contact with local NGOs in Bangladesh, including JJS (Jagrata Juba Sangha) that provided their support for the South Bangladesh (Koyra) field work.
Following the first meeting held on 23.09.2016, the second meeting was held on 19.12.2016 at Jadagogula near Mungamuru village, Nellore Dt with help of the local Coordinator, Dr.P.Haribabu, the College of Fishery Science.
Twenty shrimp farmers selected for the project studies attended the meeting. The Indian investigator, Dr.A.S.Sahul Hameed and the UK investigators, Dr.Chris Hauton and Prof Kenton Morgan were present in the meeting to interact with the farmers. In the meeting, Dr.P.Haribabu introduced the project investigators to the farmers, highlighted the project objectives and benefits of the project to the farmers, and also acted as an interpreter between the farmers and investigators. Dr.Chris highlighted the importance of the project and services to be provided to the farmers during the project period.
Dr.A.S.Sahul Hameed explained the activities of the project and the purpose of selecting Mungamuru village for this project. He requested all the farmers to cooperate for the smooth running and success of the project for the benefit shrimp culture industry. He explained about the services to be provided to the farmers like seed screening, sampling, water testing, regular monitoring of shrimp and reporting the results. Prof. Kenton Morgon interacted directly with farmers to know about their farming activities and frequency of WSSV outbreak in their ponds. He has also given suggestions for the successful running of the farm.
After the meeting, the Indian and UK investigators along with Dr.Haribabu visited some farms selected for project studies and interacted with the respective shrimp farmers to know about their farming activities and then explained to them about sampling.
Drs Vijayan (Director-CIBA), Shekhar (CIBA) and Sahul Hameed (CAHC) visited the University of St Andrews from 7th-12th November to discuss project logistics and experimentation. The meeting was hosted by Dr Smith (University of St Andrews) and was joined by Drs Hauton (Southampton), Dickey, Van West and Trusch (Aberdeen), and Sowgat (Swansea), and Prof Morgan (Liverpool).
Topics of discussion included:
Task 1 – socioeconomic aspects and assessment of poverty alleviation;
Task 2 – assessments of pond operation/operating conditions/epidemiology;
Task 3 – transcriptome study of WSSV infection
By Peter Gordon, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11287177