Functional Genomics in Shrimp Disease Control

Arun K. Dhar, Refugio Robles-Sikisaka

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Over the past three decades, shrimp aquaculture has transformed from subsistence farming to a major industry due to the global increases in demand of seafood. As shrimp farming was intensified, diseases have become a major challenge to the industry worldwide, particularly those caused by viruses. To mitigate the need of the growing industry and to counter the threat of the emerging viral diseases, captive breeding programs have been developed in penaeid shrimp. In recent years, functional genomics have been used to complement the classical genetic approaches in developing virus-resistant shrimp lines. This chapter provides an overview of the current status of shrimp functional genomics toward developing markers for disease resistance, isolating differentially expressed genes and understanding the molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in shrimp.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Genomics in Aquaculture
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780470960080
StatePublished - Jun 11 2012


  • Captive breeding programs
  • DNA markers for disease resistance in shrimp, and RAPD markers
  • EST analysis, immune gene identification in shrimp
  • Functional genomics in shrimp disease control
  • Linkage maps of shrimp, genetic basis of resistance, susceptibility
  • RAPD, in population-specific markers in captive breeding programs
  • SPF Shrimp Programs
  • Shrimp aquaculture, subsistence farming to a major industry
  • Shrimp genome characterization, addressing disease resistance in shrimps
  • Shrimp viral diseases, those caused by IHHNV, TSV, WSSV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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