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FungiCount, a new solution for fish welfare

June 30, 2022  By RAStech staff

BactiQuant has launched a new product that is designed for rapid and reliable fungal detection in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), hatcheries and aquatic feed production. 

FungiCount is built to be a system’s first line of defense. It quickly detects and generates results even in the earliest stages of fungal growth – spores, hyphae, and micro fragments– so infections can be handled successfully before they even become a problem.

”The remediations of fungal contamination not only create a risk for fish welfare and increase mortality in hatcheries, but it can be incredibly costly to the companies involved,” Morten Miller, Chief Innovation Officer of BactiQuant. 


“Most fungi (e.g. Saprolegnia, Aspergillus, and Penicillium) are opportunistic, meaning that they can take advantage of any flaws in fish environments, and can affect fish welfare at any stage of development – including eggs, fry, fingerling, and of course, adult fish.”

FungiCount is the first of the company’s products to detect fungi and is now available for purchase. 

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