About this Research Topic
The mushrooming human population of the earth will necessitate increased production of food. Also, it has been considered that the red meat part of the human diet could partially be replaced by aquatic food. The average human consumption of seafood has reached 20 kg/year, and it is projected to account for 21.4 kg by 2029. Consequently, developing aquaculture is thought to be the most efficient way to provide healthy protein for the burgeoning populace whilst having a less detrimental effect on the environment and fewer greenhouse gases. Aquaculture is the most dynamic food sector globally, with an annual average growth rate of 8.8% over the past 30 years. It is the fastest-growing food-producing sector and now accounts for 50 percent of the world's fish entering the food chain. In this regard, infectious diseases are the strongest hindrance to the achievement of the maximum potential production of aquatic food. The global financial loss due to disease is estimated to be about US$ 9 billion/year, which is the most critical limiting factor in producing aquatic food. By addressing this issue using ground-breaking ideas, we can reach tremendous and effective efficiencies regarding disease control.
There are several inhibiting factors for sustainable production in the aquaculture industry, most notably infectious diseases. This collection focuses on the effects of infectious diseases on aquatic food production and the key solutions to tackle the problem. In recent years, several innovative approaches have been practiced to secure the aquatic food production. We aim to share cutting-edge applicable approaches resulting in the sustainable production of fish and shellfish.
In this Research Topic, our main objective is to focus on stress and health in farmed aquatic species as well as sustainable ways to manage, control or prevent the disease outbreak in aquaculture. The focus of this collection is on collecting research articles, reviews, mini-reviews, and opinions, with a focus on the development of sustainable strategies to manage health and control diseases in farmed aquatic animals.
These articles can include:
- Studies on host, microbial community, and their interactions;
- Breeding and genetics;
- Molecular studies;
- Novel approaches to increase aquatic food production;
- Innovative ways to monitor and predict the disease outbreak.
Keywords: aquatic food production, aquatic animals, disease outbreak, aquaculture, Aquatic food, Infectious disease, Food sustainability, Food security
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