The ictyocard is a technology that allows tilapia farmers all over the world to perform comprehensive diagnostics through qPCR for all tilapia pathogens in 72 hours or less after sample reception:
It is a no-border technology since the cards are generally considered safe for sending by mail. This simplifies the sending of samples and also reduces costs: Indeed, the ictyocard can simply be mailed to us in a courier envelope.
The Ictyocard uses the proven technology of adsorption of the sample material and chemical inactivation and preservation. It features 10 sample areas per card and is thus more suitable to the pooling in the lab and also a much more cost-efficient solution. Furthermore the size of the sample area is tailored toward the purification of the nucleic acids.
Several types of sample submission cards are available, which all employ a similar chemical inactivation approach.
Below you can access a few select research papers and documents that refer to the application of such cards for veterinary diagnostics in general and in aquaculture: