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A NOVEL, RAPID METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING BACTERIAL THREATS IN AQUACULTURE

A new company called KYTOS, the startup uses cutting edge flow cytometric fingerprinting to rapidly characterize microbial communities in water samples from aquaculture facilities is due to spin-out from Ghent University in first quarter of the year.

The technology will be attractive to farmers as it provides them with an early warning mechanism, should bacterial imbalances – which tend to denote imminent disease outbreaks – occur in their facilities. Flow cytometry allows water samples to be analyzed within 15 minutes, by using a laser to detect the properties of every cell in a given sample. There’s still a bit of work to be done, but we think that in the very near future we will be able to translate these complex microbial fingerprints into specific management advice that empowers farmers with actionable microbial management,” says Prof Boon.