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Found resistant gene in sea lice

UiB researchers have managed to identify the genes that make sea lice resistant. It will make it much easier to gain control of the lice, which in addition to destroying the aquaculture industry is a major problem for the wild salmon.

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Dag Hellesund

The breakthrough came after intensive research by the Sea Lice Research Centre (SLRC) at the University of Bergen in cooperation with the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science and the company PatoGen Analysis AS. SLRC is the only centre for research-based innovation at the University of Bergen. 

- We have identified the mechanism of resistance to two different drugs. This means that we can use completely new methods for detecting resistance. This makes it possible to use the right drug at the right time. It will save the environment from extensive use of chemicals and fish farmers for money, says professor Frank Nilsen.

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