UNAIR NEWS – Indonesia continues to increase the export of aquatic commodities, one of which is vaname shrimp. However, along with increasing global market demand, diseases such as viruses have become an obstacle to vaname shrimp farming.
Putu Angga Wiradana, S.Si., M.Si. raised the title of “Analysis of the Effectiveness of Zoothamnium Penae Crude Protein as an Immunostimulant Development Material in Vaname Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) Infected by White Spot Syndrome Virus” as a research thesis. It leads him to become the best master graduate with GPA of 3.98.
Angga explained that WSSV or white spot syndrome virus gives huge losses and causes a mass mortality rate of vaname shrimp in a short period. “Antibiotics and other chemical residues that have been widely used by farmers can cause environmental pollution and not eco-friendly,” he said. Thus, she tried to find natural ingredients called immunostimulants.
From previous studies, it gave a new idea to develop immunostimulant material in WSSV infections. The results were excellent and had the potential to be developed on a field scale.
On the sidelines of the research, Angga continued to train his soft skills by attending workshops, seminars, and entrepreneurship. “My business is in the form of a typical Balinese coffee that I sell around Surabaya,” he said.
“With the blessing of God Almighty, in the last two years, I have managed to publish as many as eight national/international scientific articles, and there are several articles that are still in the process of submission,” he said.
In the future, he intends to develop an aquaculture cultivation business in his hometown, Bali and continue his Doctoral program.
“Our country needs young people who dare to come out of their comfort zones to achieve their goals. Study, try something new, and always pray, “he concluded.
Writer: Muhammad Suryadiningrat
Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia