Defra and OATA are funding new research into the deadly carp virus KHV and are looking for trade backing to help fund the project.
The detection of KHV predominantly uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique to amplify tiny amounts of genetic material.
Although the PCR technique is extremely effective, more work is needed to perfect the PCR procedures used for the detection of KHV in fish.
What's needed, say the experts, is a comparative study of the competing techniques in PCR to determine which one is the best one for the analysis of KHV in order to assist in the control of the virus, and thereby protect both native fish stocks and the fish trade.
The research project is expected to cost around 20,000 to complete. Defra has offered 15,000 in funding, with the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) offering a further 2500.
Members of the trade wishing to donate funds to the research project should contact Keith Davenport at OATA as soon as possible on 0870 043 4013.