About

Dr Kelly Condon specialises in the discipline of aquatic animal health, with a focus on viral and bacterial diseases of tropical aquaculture species. Kelly completed her PhD studies in "The management of Betanodavirus infections in tropical grouper". The studies, combined with 20 years experience in the detection of pathogens of aquatic species, underpin Kelly's position as  the Senior laboratory officer of the JCU AquaPATH laboratory. JCU AquaPATH is a NATA accredited facility that specialises in the molecular detection of pathogens of aquaculture species particularly prawns, barramundi and grouper. The laboratory provides rapid turnaround high throughput detection of a broad range of prawn viruses, bacterial toxin genes and support for fish disease diagnostics.  The laboratory is actively involved in the preparation of biosecurity plans and troubleshooting health issues for the aquaculture industry. 

WIth an Aquatic Animal Health speciality Kelly teaches and co-ordinates the JCU subjects of Introduction to Aquacutlure and Sustainable Aquaculture.

Teaching
  • AQ2001: Introduction to Aquaculture (Level 2; TSV)
  • AQ3015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ5015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5806: Aquaculture: Introductory Principles and Practices (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5815: Sustainable Aquaculture Principles and Practices (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI3031: Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture (Level 3; TSV)
  • MI5003: Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture (Level 5; TSV)
  • MI5031: Diagnosis of Viral Disease in Aquaculture (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Aquatic Animal Health, Prawn disease, prawn health, prawn immunity, microbiome, bacterial toxin, Vibrio, testing efficacy of novel treatments to prevent disease and improve health.
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - Australian Prawn Farmers Association Industry Innovation and Development Contribution.
Publications

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Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

ARC Research Hub for Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture Through Genetic Solutions

Indicative Funding
$5,014,503 over 4 years, in partnership with Australian Genome Research Facility ($150,000); Cygnet Bay Pearls PL ($500,000); Mainstream Aquaculture ($500,000); Sea Forest Pty Ltd ($500,000); Seafarms ($500,000) and THE COMPANY ONE PTY LTD ($500,000)
Summary
This project aims to integrate cutting edge genetic and genomic approaches into innovative aquaculture enterprises that farm in tropical northern Australia. It will deliver the requisite genetic knowledge to instigate world-leading and highly productive breeding programs for five species (barramundi, pearl oyster, prawn, grouper and marine seaweed), along with a novel understanding of the genetic basis of disease resistance and how the production environment interfaces with the bacterial microbiome, pathogens and water quality to cause disease. It will increase Australia's capacity to deliver advanced genetics outcomes to the aquaculture sector, while increasing productivity, international competitiveness, and lowered risk due to disease.
Investigators
Dean Jerry, Kyall Zenger, Benjamin Hayes, Rocky de Nys, David Bourne, Andreas Lopata, Ron White, Jan Strugnell, Chaoshu Zeng, Kelly Condon, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Ira Cooke and Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Queensland, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Determining the impact of prawn viruses on production of P.monodon

Indicative Funding
$504,750 over 3 years (administered by CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme)
Summary
The project is assessing the impact of 3 specific prawn viruses on the survival, growth, FCR and immune status of farmed P.monodon under experimental disease transmission conditions. The research aims to produce purified viral extracts of IHHNV, GAV and Whenzhou Shrimp Virus-2. The impact of the viruses on prawn growth and health will be determined under varying routes of exposure and with differing environmental conditions using the purified viral extracts.
Investigators
Kelly Condon and Dean Jerry (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Penaeus monodon; transcriptome; immunity; Virus; Disease transmission

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Improved education and training models to futureproof the aquaculture industry need for skilled staff to 2050

Indicative Funding
$128,155 over 1 year, in partnership with LMC Training Pty Ltd ($1,000) and the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($18,200)
Summary
By evaluating industry workforce needs currently and into the future and analysing the gaps between industry need and educational output, we aim to highlight gaps in careers pathways to meet future industry requirements. These careers pathways will form the basis of promotional tools created to highlight education and skills development options that lead secondary students into the aquaculture industry. Cost-effective delivery models for training will be key to the outcomes of the project and a pilot project to up-skill existing industry employees in biosecurity will be used to develop and de-bottleneck new training delivery models.
Investigators
Leo Nankervis, Kelly Condon and Amy Diedrich (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
aquaculture; Careers; educational models

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Improving performance of bioreactors for treating effluent from land- based aquaculture.

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 1 year, in partnership with Mainstream Aquaculture ($50,685)
Summary
Effluent from land-based aquaculture is problematic because of its nutrient content. This project aims to enhance the performance of `denitrification bioreactors? designed to remove nitrogen from effluent. It will be carried out on a barramundi farm near Innisfail. Availability of carbon appears to limit bioreactor performance, so the effect of adding molasses will be tested, under different conditions of salinity and retention time. The ability of the bioreactors to eliminate algae and parasites will also be tested. The results will be applicable to aquaculture farms throughout the tropics, facilitating more effective treatment of water leaving farms or being recirculated.
Investigators
Alex Cheesman, Paul Nelson and Kelly Condon in collaboration with Marty Phillips (College of Science & Engineering and Mainstream Aquaculture Pty Ltd)
Keywords
carbon; Barramundi (Lates calcarifer); water quality; Denitrification; Nitrate; pathogens

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Validation of anti-viral efficacy of proprietary formulation on selected prawn species

Indicative Funding
$52,667 over 1 year
Summary
Project will assess the efficacy of Proprietary substance as an antibacterial-antiviral substance in crustacean aquaculture. Expected outcomes of the project will deliver an indication of: ? Efficacy of the substance as an antimicrobial treatment in a crustacean hatchery environment ? Influence of the substance on the survival, growth and pathobiome of crustaceans, Artemia and Penaeus monodon.
Investigators
Kelly Condon (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
anti-viral; Antibacterial; Penaeus monodon; Artemia

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram

Disease diagnosis, biosecurity and disease management training for prawn farmers in Australia

Indicative Funding
$12,931 over 2 years (administered by Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation), in partnership with Australian Prawn Farmers Association ($3,000)
Summary
1. Develop and deliver a two-day training workshop to upskill trained aquaculture technicians in more advanced skills to support disease prevention and management on prawn hatcheries and farms. 2. Produce resources for use on farm to assist with sampling and routine farm analysis to monitor animal health. Improve network linkages between prawn industry members and other stakeholders responsible for the delivery of technical skills to support on farm disease prevention and management.
Investigators
Kelly Condon in collaboration with Thomas Ackery (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Penaeus monodon; Aquaculture; Biosecurity; Training; Disease

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Projects

Biosecurity in northern Australian prawn aquaculture

Indicative Funding
$441,819 over 2 years
Summary
This project addresses biosecurity risk through conducting the first comprehensive and widespread biosecurity audit of Australian prawn farms. This project has two components. The first is to conduct a biosecurity metanalysis using traditional and molecular diagnostic tools to establish what pathogens currently occur on prawn farms and how they relate to productivity. Secondly, once the pathobiome is established the project will formulate a risk management strategy for industry and provide on-farm biosecurity training. Understanding the risk of disease, and increased capacity to detect and monitor on-farm, will lead to more effective management practices for northern Australian prawn aquaculture.
Investigators
Dean Jerry, Ellen Ariel, Kelly Condon and Roger Huerlimann (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Penaeus monodon (Penaidae); Disease; Prawn; Aquaculture

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round

Early mortality at Australian Prawn Farms

Indicative Funding
$39,700 (administered by Australian Prawn Farms)
Summary
The project is investigating the cause of mass early mortality at Australian Prawn Farm. Aim of the research: 1. Investigate and identify cause of early mortality; 2. Investigate source of pathogen incursion; and 3. Investigate presence of the agent on farm/hatchery after disinfection processes. Outcomes of the Project: 1. Whole genome analysis of project samples; 2. Development of qPCR as indicated by WGS analysis; and 3. Quantification of pathogens by qPCR analysis. The project is investigating an unprecedented mass mortality in an Australian Prawn Farm.
Investigators
Kelly Condon and Thomas Ackery (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
prawn aquaculture; Disease

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Developing the basis for wild caught prawn broodstock biosecurity protocols

Indicative Funding
$49,594 over 1 year, in partnership with Australian Prawn Farms Pty Ltd ($49,594)
Summary
The project will monitor the presence and viral load of a number of endemic prawn viruses in farmed prawns collected at Australian Prawn Farm. The data collected will be used to prepare evidence based management protocols to improve productivity on the farm.
Investigators
Dean Jerry and Kelly Condon (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
qPCR; Penaeus monodon; Virus

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Application of new prawn viral strain and prevalence data to determine viral infection risk

Indicative Funding
$49,964 over 1 year, in partnership with Seafarm Pty Ltd ($49,965)
Summary
The project will monitor the presence and viral load of a number of endemic prawn viruses in farmed prawns collected at Seafarm. The data collected will be used to prepare evidence based management protocols to improve biosecurity management on the farm.
Investigators
Dean Jerry and Kelly Condon (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Qpcr; Biosecurity; Penaeus monodon Penaeidae; Virus; Penaeus merguiensis Penaidae; Aquaculture; Black Tiger Prawn; Banana Prawn

Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Viral load in APF prawn stocks

Indicative Funding
$40,000 over 1 year, in partnership with Australian Prawn Farms Pty Ltd ($40,000)
Summary
This project will test viral load in new broodstock brought into Aussie Prawn Farms so they can identify broodstock to not spawn from and to know what viruses are coming on farm.
Investigators
Dean Jerry and Kelly Condon (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Shrimp; Penaeus monodon; Genetics; viruses
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Identification of virulence, microbial resistance and toxin encoding- genes in Vibrio sp. from tropical commercial aquaculture. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the Significance of Shrimp Viruses on Australian Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon) Aquaculture Production (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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