The Scottish Funding Council has awarded £1.7 million to the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre for equipment to be installed at institutions across Scotland.
The innovation centre was launched in 2014 and is based in Stirling. The University of Stirling will receive some of the equipment, with the rest being set up at the Universities of St Andrews, the Highlands and Islands, and Aberdeen. Researchers will benefit from devices including a digital polymerase chain reaction system, which enables the detection of viral pathogens, and state-of-the-art systems for lipid and protein analysis.
The four priority areas to be investigated with the award money are: improved sea lice control, alternative sustainable fish feeds, rapid detection of pathogens and disease, and development of secure mollusc spat production systems.