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The terms of reference were as follows:


Dr Alexandra Adams, University of Stirling, Scotland.

Dr Franck Berthe, IFREMER, France.

Dr Eugene Burreson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia, USA.

Dr Pornlerd Chanratchakool, Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Supranee Chinabut, Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute, Thailand.

Mr Dan Fegan, Natl. Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangkok, Thailand.

Prof. Timothy Flegel, Maihidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Barry Hill, Fish Diseases Commission, OIE, Weymouth, England.

Dr Mike Hine, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand.

Dr Maura Hiney, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

Dr Indrani Karunsagar, University of Agricultural Sciences, Mangalore, India.

Prof. Donald Lightner, Arizona State University, Tucson, USA.

Dr James Lilley, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland.

Dr Sharon McGladdery, Gulf Fisheries Centre, New Brunswick, Canada.

Dr Gary Nash, Shrimp Culture Research and Development Company, Thailand.

Dr Michael Phillips, NACA, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Krishen Rana, FAO, Rome, Italy.

Dr Melba Reantaso, NACA, Bangkok, Thailand.

Prof. Mohamed Shariff, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.

Dr Rohana Subasinghe, FAO, Rome, Italy.

Dr Kamonporn Tonguthai, Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr Peter Walker, CSIRO Tropical Agriculture, Brisbane, Australia.

See Annex I for details.


The participants assembled a team of experts currently working on the development of DNA-based rapid diagnostic techniques for the detection of aquatic animal pathogens, and representatives from other concerned agencies. With assistance from several cooperating agencies (FAO, NACA, ACIAR, CSIRO, and DFID), all experts participated in a workshop at NACA Headquarters (Bangkok, Thailand) on 7-9 February, 1999. The workshop comprised a series of papers on issues related to the use and limitations of DNA-based diagnostic technologies and related research needs, and a series of selected focus groups considering finfish, mollusc and shrimp pathogens.

In March and April 1999, Dr Franck Berthe (IFREMER, France) and Dr Peter Walker (CSIRO, Australia) conducted consultancies at FAO, Rome to consider the outputs of the workshop and to assemble this report.

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