Tilapia Lake Virus research is one of most impactful research projects granted by BARD
The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) has ranked the virology research conducted by Prof. Eran Bacharach (SBCR, TAU) and co-workers as one of the top impactful research projects that it funded over 40 years.
The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) has evaluated the funded projects over the entire 40 years of its existence. The research on isolation and identification of a novel virus that causes mass-die offs of tilapia - conducted by the labs of Prof. Eran Bacharach (SBCR, TAU), Dr. Avi Eldar (Kimron Veterinary Institute) and Prof. W. Ian Lipkin (Columbia University) - has been ranked as one of the top 3 most impactful research projects in the social and environmental domains, amongst the 1,330 projects granted by BARD.
Tilapia are an important global food source. In recent years tilapia aquaculture has been threatened by mass die-offs in wild and farmed fish, worldwide. The above research has identified the etiological agent for these outbreaks - a novel RNA virus that was named Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV). This research also generated new means for TiLV detection and containment and enabled vaccine development.