Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Our laboratory operates the Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a service laboratory providing disease diagnostic assistance to the aquaculture community, research community and fish hobbyist in New York State. We also assist the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in investigations of fish kills in wild fish populations. Many times these diagnostic investigations lead to more in-depth research investigations in fish health issues. Our diagnostic findings have led to a major effort to understand the implications of the emergence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus Genotype IVb (VHSV IVb) in a variety of fish in the Great Lakes Basin. This effort has been undertaken in collaboration with our colleague, Dr. James Casey, as well as a number of collaborators including the USDA APHIS, the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center (Seattle, WA), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Department of Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell.