The aquatic bacteriology research group at the Institute collaborates widely with academics and commercial organizations worldwide, to identify bacterial pathogens of significance that impact on the production of sustainable aquaculture. We take a comprehensive approach to understanding aquatic bacterial infections, which range from simple pathogen identification to classification of virulence factors associated with disease outbreaks and understanding zoonosis through molecular microbial epidemiology research. Our research has produced novel identification methods for aquatic microbial pathogens, highlighted genetic antibiotic resistance mechanisms and novel pathogens associated with emerging disease conditions leading to production of efficacious vaccines. This is possible through our extensive collaboration within the global aquatic farming industry.
More recently we have expanded our research capacity to include microbial safety of aquatic seafood, particularly concentrating on those organisms that impact human health. Our recent research has included identification of spoilage organisms as well as investigation of methods to control the growth of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes which is identified as the cause of foodborne illness in humans.