With the expanding of marine and fresh water aquaculture, the outbreak of epizootics become more and more frequent and their spread become more and more widely, especially viral infection, led to a large number of fish deaths and result in a great many of economic loss every year around the world. There is a needed, therefore, summarize the types and geographical distribution of viruses outbroke in aquaculture and collect information about these viruses are very important in fish disease prevention and health monitoring, and these works are essential to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the viral biodiversity of fish, geographical distribution and tissue specificity of fish-associated viruses and the genetic diversity of the viruses.
The fish-associated virus database (FVD) was created to facilitate further studies by providing comprehensive information on fish-associated viruses. In FVD, all information were manually collected from published literatures and records in GenBank database. The valuable information, such as fish family, fish genus, nucleotide type of virus, virus species, sampling time, location, and detect tissues are well curated. All data are available by using a user-friendly interface. Visitors can download any information easily by clicking the download buttons. FVD also provide a real-time statistics of the collected data. By integrating analytical tool into FVD, visitors can obtain extended informations relate to the viruses online. It is our hope that the FVD will provide more helpful informations to virologists and ichthyologists.
Although we integrated nearly all the data related to fish-associated viruses into FVD, there are still some missing informations that can not be found from literatures and websites or records of other databases. Therefore, we will appreciate anyone who help us to complete the missing information or correct any error informations in this database. Please don't hesitatesend to sent comments, suggestions, or questions to Dr. Xiao-Qin Xia.