Oct 2005 - Mar 2009, by Jorge del Pozo (SARF Funded PhD Project)
Rainbow Trout Gastro Enteritis (RTGE) or Summer Enteritis is an economically damaging, emerging disease of the European trout farming industry and has been recorded in the UK, France, Spain Italy and Croatia. Segmented Filamentous Bacteria (SFB) are the suspected cause of this condition although only three papers have been published on the disease.
The principal aim of the project is to clarify the processes involving RTGE in order to produce knowledge that will help to establish effective control measures against this condition. The methodology chosen for this project was to use a multidisciplinary approach to the research of this condition and this has resulted in scientific work produced on the epidemiology, structural and ultrastructural description, pathogenesis and SFB molecular presence in RTGE. All the relevant findings of the project have been condensed in a list of practical control measures, which has been circulated to rainbow trout producers.