Staff Reporter

It is being organised by zoology department of AU

Four plenary lectures and 11 talks to be held

Eminent scientists from all over the country to participate

VISAKHAPATNAM: A two-day national symposium on “Parasite taxonomy, biodiversity and fish health: Environmental impact” is being organised by the Zoology Department of Andhra University at the Platinum Jubilee Guest House on Friday and Saturday.

Addressing a media conference in this connection on Thursday, symposium convener G. Gnana Mani, co-convener D.E. Babu and organising secretary U. Shameem said that fish parasitology was a cause for major concern among scientists due to close link between fish health and the fishery industry.

Fish and fish products, being an important source of proteins, contribute a great deal to the available food resources. Fish production through intensive culture activity could lead to increased risk of infection by disease causing bacteria and parasites.

Parasites have an enormous impact not only on the fish health but also on the human health as they pave the way for secondary infections by other infectious pathogens. There would be four plenary lectures and 11 invited talks during the two-day symposium.

The deliberations of the symposium would cover aspects like parasite taxonomy, biodiversity, immunology, environmental impact and fish health management.

Eminent scientists from all over the country would participate in the conference. Prof. K.C. Pandey from the Helminthological Society of India, Lucknow, Prof. P. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Prof. Md. Hafeez, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University, Dr. Dilip Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of CIFE, Mumbai, and Prof. B. Satyanarayana, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University would participate in the inaugural function.