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Name: Yanong, Roy
Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Education: V.M.D., Veterinary Medicine, specializing in Aquatic Animal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992
Office Address: Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory 1408 24th Street SE Ruskin, FL 33570
Email: rpy@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (813) 671-5230 ext 104

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Roy Yanong, an extension veterinarian for aquacultured species, is remotely located at the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (UF-TAL) in Ruskin, Florida, the heart of Florida's ornamental aquaculture industry. In addition to operating and integrating the UF-TAL's fish disease diagnostic laboratory, he also provides extension and/or research support for the ornamental aquaculture, game fish, and food fish industry sectors.Roy's research program is applied and industry-driven, and has been focused in two major areas of concern: 1) diseases of production and 2) drugs, chemicals, and biologics Diseases of ProductionProjects and areas of interest include completed or ongoing research on the following: production risk factors for disease; characterization of viral diseases in ornamental fish; development of improved harvesting, grading, and transport technology for ornamental fish; characterization of cryptobiosis in cichlids; preliminary health assessments of cultured hard clams (Mercenaria mercenaria); and examination of immune system development in juvenile redtail black sharks (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor). Non-funded projects include studies of algal dermatitis in cichlids, health and disease in recirculating aquaculture systems, and mycobacteriosis in frogfish (Antennarius striatus) and other species. Drugs, Chemicals, and BiologicsProjects include completed or ongoing research on: florfenicol, a very effective antibiotic that had not been used previously in the industry; Pyceze ? (bronopol) an antibacterial and anti-fungal also not currently used in the industry; use of different chemicals against Cryptobia iubilans, an important parasite of an important group of fish, the cichlids; and streptococcal vaccine production and feasibility. The UF-TAL is also heavily involved in research assisting industry with FDA New Animal Drug Application (NADA) approvals, which will allow for legal access (FDA-approval)of safe and effective drugs for use by the industry. Currently several Investigational New Animal Drug (INAD) projects are underway, including use of 17-alpha-methyltestosterone for masculinization of swordtails and other ornamental species; use of a reproductive hormone (Ovaprim; GnRHa) for artificially induced spawning of ornamental fish; development of products to improve transport of ornamental fish; and other drugs.Roy also provides fish health assistance including diagnostic and technical expertise to other agencies and research institutions, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's hatcheries and stock enhancement programs, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture and Division of Animal Industry, and for-profit and non-profit organizations involved with aquatic animals and aquaculture.


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