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FISH Course

What is the FISH course?

The use of rRNA-targeted Fluorescence in situ Hybridisation (FISH) is now widely accepted as the least biased method for identifying and enumerating populations of microorganisms within a large variety of environmental samples - including sludge, seawater, freshwater, intestinal/skin flora, plant root/leaf epiphytes, rumen, etc.

ACWEB (formerly AWMC) has had more than 15 years of developing the method of FISH for a number of different sample types and challenges. There is no sample that we can’t try FISH on.

What do you get?

You will be taught both comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience, including:

  • Sample handling, preparation and fixation
  • FISH preparation – expert tips and tricks
  • Fluorescence microscopy and interpretation
  • Image analysis and cell enumeration
  • Optimising and interpreting your own samples

How often do they run?

The FISH course is run regularly once per year either in the Summer or Easter University holidays. However, if there is enough interest from participants an extra course can be organised. Best to contact the course coordinators to find out more.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the course varies due to differences in class sizes, but they are run at minimal costs. As a guide it is expected that the course will cost $700 - $900 (Australian dollars) per person.

Do you need more information?

If you would like more information please contact the course coordinator Dr Anjani Weerasekara,