Dr. Frederick Kibenge publishes first book

Aquaculture Virology examines the main virus families and diseases relevant to aquaculture.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Dr. Frederick Kibenge, Chair, Pathology and Microbiology, and Dr. Molly Kibenge, Research Associate, work in the virology research lab at AVC.

Dr. Frederick Kibenge, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at AVC, has published his first book, Aquaculture Virology.

Co-edited by Dr. Marcos Godoy, Center for Applied Biological Research (CIBA) in Chile, the book examines the main virus families and diseases relevant to aquaculture. Published by Elsevier (Imprint: Academic Press), the book covers principles of clinical virology for viruses that affect fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, the three major categories of farmed aquatic animals. Authors of the different book chapters are international experts in specific virus families or diseases. Dr. Kibenge wrote or co-wrote eight of the 39 chapters in the book.

“Despite considerable advances in animal virology in recent years, coupled with an economically important global aquaculture industry, knowledge of viruses of animal aquaculture is still sparse and in some cases outdated although these viruses are closely related to well-known virus families,” says Dr. Kibenge. “The last book in fish virology (Fish viruses and fish viral diseases 1988, Wolf, K.) was published in the 1980s. A lot of work has been done on fish viruses, and many new aquatic animal viruses continue to be discovered.”

Aquaculture Virology will be useful to clinical veterinarians, aquaculture disease practitioners, biologists, farmers, and all those in industry, government or academia who are interested in aquatic animal virology. The book is expected to be released on June 01, 2016. It is available for pre-sale through Elsevier’s online store.

Dr. Kibenge teaches veterinary virology in the second year of the DVM curriculum at AVC. He has been working with animal viruses for more than 30 years in addition to prior extensive post-doctoral research experience in virology in the United Kingdom and the USA. A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (sub-specialty Immunology), he has published extensively on the detection and virology of fish viruses.

Congratulations, Dr. Kibenge!

Anna MacDonald
AVC External Relations Officer
Atlantic Veterinary College
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