Aquatic Parasite Cultures and Their Applications

Kate S. Hutson*, Joanne Cable, Alexandra S. Grutter, Anna Paziewska-Harris, Iain Barber

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In this era of unprecedented growth in aquaculture and trade, aquatic parasite cultures are essential to better understand emerging diseases and their implications for human and animal health. Yet culturing parasites presents multiple challenges, arising from their complex, often multihost life cycles, multiple developmental stages, variable generation times and reproductive modes. Furthermore, the essential environmental requirements of most parasites remain enigmatic. Despite these inherent difficulties, in vivo and in vitro cultures are being developed for a small but growing number of aquatic pathogens. Expanding this resource will facilitate diagnostic capabilities and treatment trials, thus supporting the growth of sustainable aquatic commodities and communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1082-1096
Number of pages15
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • animal ethics and welfare
  • animal production
  • aquatic pathogens
  • emerging infectious diseases
  • in vitro culture
  • in vivo culture
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Parasites/growth & development
  • Culture Techniques/trends
  • Aquatic Organisms/growth & development
  • Life Cycle Stages


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