The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s principal intramural scientific research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), recently released positive findings from a study conducted in conjunction with KaMin on the potential use of kaolin to combat a fatal disease for fish. The goal of the study was to find a way to combat the columnaris disease, commonly known as cottonmouth, which affects fish with deadly results.
When an ARS researcher contacted KaMin to get samples of kaolin to use in a series of experiments, the company became an active participant in the study. Under a confidentiality agreement with ARS KaMin was able to provide both expertise and several specifically tailored kaolin samples for the experiments. Excitingly, the results of the study have been overwhelmingly positive. ARS found that the introduction of a tailored kaolin (patent pending) prevents fish from contracting columnaris, an astounding effect considering the entire control group had a 100% mortality rate. There are several other surprising results coming out of the new approach including enhanced growth rates.
The study results are exciting both for the potential beneficial applications of kaolin for fisheries but also because it demonstrates how solutions to modern problems can be engineered from natural resources providing the ultimate in green chemistry. KaMin’s collaborative partnership with ARS is a great example of the vitality and positive impact of the industrial minerals industry.
To read the USDA press release click here