About the PEDIGREE project

PEDIGREE (2019-2020) is a one year ‘research into use’ project funded under the BBSRC International Flexible Interchange Programme (I-FLIP). PEDIGREE builds on findings of an earlier project IMAQulate (2015-2019, www.stir.ac.uk/imaqulate). IMAQulate developed a indicator-based prophylactic health product (PHP) inventory, risk & efficacy prediction tool based on label-information and other secondary indicators. Primary focus is on the probiotic and prebiotic PHP class. PEDIGREE will disseminate this tool and increase awareness of issues around risk & efficacy of PHPs in order to: (i) support improved voluntary (industry) and statutory regulation of safety and quality assurance; and (ii) deliver more effective and safe small-holder aquaculture health management in Bangladesh.

PEDIGREE will implement the following activities: (a) promote uptake of an PEDIGREE PHP (probiotic) risk assessment tool by (a) industry members as part of voluntary quality assurance commitment (b) statutory regulation bodies (c) development agencies offering advice to farmers on the effective and safe application of PHPs. (b) support academic and industry exchange visits to the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling (UK). Five successful candidates will receive a bespoke programme of training in the project field – covering risk analysis and better management approaches, and laboratory analysis of products against risk parameters (e.g. microbial culture, enumeration and identification; antibiotic susceptibility and detection of resistance genes; etc.).

EDIGREE has five consortium members: (1) The Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling (PI), (2) WorldFish Center, Dhaka (3) Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh (4) Practical Action, Dhaka (5) Bangladesh Aquatic Products Companies Association (BAPCA, Dhaka).

More about PEDIGREE

Read more about the PEDIGREE exchange candidate selection scheme

Read more about PEDIGREE Inception Activities Bangladesh (12-20 May 2019)

For further information, please contact Dr. Francis Murray, fjm3@stir.ac.uk