Would You Like Some Phage With Your Fish? with Dr. Orr Shapiro

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 at 19:30

Online Event

ESRA members NIS 25 | Non-members NIS 35


ESRA Rehovot

NYC 12:30 | UK 17:30 | SA 19:30

Global demand is increasing for dietary fish protein, resulting in widespread overfishing in wild fisheries, a significant decrease in fish stocks and even complete depletion in some regions. As a consequence, more and more species of fish have been ‘domesticated’ and can be grown in fish farms.  Fish farming, or aquaculture, allows establishment of fish colonies that are provided with food, protection from natural predators and competitive threats, access to veterinarian service, and easier harvesting.  Farming carnivorous fish such as salmon, however, does not always reduce pressure on wild fisheries, as such farmed fish are fed fishmeal and fish oil extracted from wild forage fish.  In addition, holding large numbers of fish in small areas such as floating cage systems leads to health problems, and the need to use antibiotics or other medical interventions.  One strategy for reducing use of antibiotics and the potential for development of antibiotic resistance is phage therapy.

Dr. Orr Shapiro will give us background on the past, present and future of aquaculture, and explain how alternatives to antibiotics may someday help us to grow fish which are healthy, and healthier to eat.

Dr. Orr Shapiro received his PhD from the faculty of Engineering at Ben Gurion University, studying the microbial ecology. He continued his post-doctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute and MIT, studying coral-pathogen interactions. Since 2016 is a researcher at the Volcani Institute for Agricultural Research, Department of Food Sciences, studying microbial processes affecting the quality and safety of aquaculture products.

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