The Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center in Stoneville, MS, is a state-of-the-art research facility located in the heart of the commercial catfish industry that houses state and federal scientists whose mission is to provide solutions to the most pressing problems of the catfish industry through basic and applied research, extension programs, and diagnostic services.
The Center’s work focuses on genetics, water quality, fish health and harvest technology to try to improve production for farm-raised catfish, which is a major agricultural product in Mississippi. Improvements are constantly being made to raise and enhance food for flavor, yield, pest resistance, and more.
The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine oversees the Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ARDL) at the Center. The ARDL provides diagnostic services to the aquaculture industry.
The Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Laboratory works in conjunction with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the MSU Extension Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service’s Catfish Genetics Research Unit.
ARDL Faculty List
Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Lab Faculty are members of the MSU CVM Pathobiology and Population Medicine Department.
- Gaunt, Patricia
- Griffin, Matt
- Khoo, Lester
Additional Contact Information
Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center
MSU Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Lab
127 Experiment Station Road
P.O. Box 197
Stoneville, MS 38776