Research project

Poverty alleviation through prevention and future control of the two major socioeconomically-important pathogens in Asian aquaculture

  • Lead researcher:
  • Research funder:
    Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Status:
    Not active

Project overview

Our consortium of nine research institutes and universities in India, the UK and Bangladesh worked with farmers in India and Bangladesh to identify existing best practice.
Their experience was used to formulate new guidelines to disseminate throughout farming communities across Asia. This ultimately resulted in the development and launch of the Chingri mobile phone app – to support Bengali farmers in growing shrimp crops and identifying disease outbreaks pond side.
We also developed new understanding of host pathogen interactions, in the hope of developing novel intervention methods with which to tackle infection in the future.
Funding for this research was provided through the Newton Global Research Partnership in Aquaculture, representing the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India, the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences and the Economic and Social Research Councils (BBSRC and ESRC), the Newton-Bhabha Fund and UK Aid.


Lead researcher

Professor Chris Hauton PhD, FRSB, FMBA

Head of School

Research interests

  • Hauton has worked extensively with colleagues in India and Bangladesh since 2015 and has developed an international profile in shrimp health research, including contributing to the development of a mobile phone app, the 'Chingri Shrimp App', to support shrimp farmer training in Bangladesh.
  • Research has also included quantifying the potential toxic risk of deep sea mining of mineral resources. He was part of the leading team of the EC FP7 MIDAS Project, exploring the ecological risk of deep-sea mining, outputs from which led to contributions to the Royal Society Foresight Future of the Sea report (2016/17), to presentations at the UN International Seabed Authority in Jamaica, and expert contributions to the UN ISA ISA Legal and Technical Commision ISBA/27/C/11 'Guidelines for the establishment of baseline environmental data.'
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Research outputs

Dev Kumar Verma, Luca Peruzza, Franziska Trusch, Manoj Kumar Yadav, Ravindra, Sergei V. Shubin, Kenton L. Morgan, Vindhya Mohindra, Chris Hauton, Pieter Van West, P.K. Pradhan & Neeraj Sood, 2021, Genomics, 113(Issue 1, Part 2), 944-956
Type: article
P. K. Pradhan, Dev Kumar Verma, Luca Peruzza, Shubham Gupta, Syed Assim Haq, Sergei V. Shubin, Kenton L. Morgan, Franziska Trusch, Vindhya Mohindra, Chris Hauton, Pieter Van West & Neeraj Sood, 2020, Scientific Reports, 10(1)
Type: article
S. Thamizhvanan, A. Nafeez Ahmed, D. Vinoth Kumar, S. Vimal, S. Abdul Majeed, G. Taju, Chris Hauton & A.S. Sahul Hameed, 2020, Journal of Fish Diseases, 44(5), 573-584
Type: article
L. Peruzza, S. Thamizhvanan, S. Vimal, K. Vinaya Kumar, M.s. Shekhar, V.j. Smith, C. Hauton, K.k. Vijayan & A.s. Sahul Hameed, 2020, Developmental & Comparative Immunology, 104
Type: article
M. S. Shekhar, K. Karthic, K. Vinaya Kumar, J. Ashok Kumar, A. Swathi, C. Hauton, L. Peruzza & K.K. Vijayan, 2019, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 93, 288-295
Type: article