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Seafood Safety: High throughput diagnostics for ciguatoxin risk assessment

Funding: 2019: $43,000
2020: $44,000
2021: $54,000

Project Member(s): Murray, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Diagnostic Technology Pty Ltd (Diagnostic Technology contribution)
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Diagnostic Technology Pty Ltd (Diagnostic Technology contribution)
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2019

Summary: This project aims to develop a novel, high throughput platform for rapidly assessing ciguatoxins and their producing microbial species. Ciguatoxins cause ciguatera fish poisoning, a growing and substantial risk for the $2.2 billion Australian commercial fishing industry. As an emerging issue linked to planetary health, this serious illness is increasingly impacting more southerly areas of Australia in relation to environmental changes. The outcomes of this project will be: new knowledge of the risk of ciguatoxins at Australian 'hot spot' sites, extensively field tested methods for detecting Gambierdiscus and ciguatoxins in situ, and key data to inform policy to safeguard the seafood industry and consumers.

Publications:

Hoppenrath, M, Kretzschmar, AL, Kaufmann, MJ & Murray, SA 2019, 'Morphological and molecular phylogenetic identification and record verification of Gambierdiscus excentricus (Dinophyceae) from Madeira Island (NE Atlantic Ocean)', Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 12, no. 1.
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FOR Codes: Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses), Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna)