Enterocytozoon Hepatopenaei 18S Small Subunit rRNA Gene Nucleotide Sequence and Primers for PCR Detection

Technology #ua15-136

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Donald Lightner
Professor, Veterinary Science & Microbiology
Feng-Jyu Tang-Nelson
Associate Research Professor, Veterinary Science & Microbiology
Managed By
Tod McCauley
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 626-7916

Title: Shrimp Parasite Detection Method


Invention: (about 1-2 sentences) This technology uses a PCR test to detect the enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) parasite within shrimp. EHP is linked to the growth retardation of shrimp and has been increasingly prevalent in Southeastern Asia since 2009.


Background: It is estimated that across the global tropical shrimp industry alone around 40% of production is lost to disease. Specifically to the Southeastern Asia region, EHP is a rapidly emerging problem within the shrimp aquaculture. When a parasite like this emerges bio security becomes number one priority for all parties involved in the food distribution chain. Isolation of infected shrimp is a common method of limiting the spread of infection, this is only possible after shrimp have been properly diagnosed.




•       Rapid and specific detection of EHP within shrimping populations

•       Provide information useful to learning more about EHP

•       Increase shrimping yields within EHP prevalent areas



•       Highly selective detection

•       Sensitive to low concentrations



Donald Lightner

Feng-Jyu Tang-Nelson


Licensing Manager: 

Tod McCauley (http://techlaunch.arizona.edu/people/tod-mccauley)



Technology ID: Refer to UA Case Number UA15-136