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Disease-resistant oysters call for shift in Bay restoration strategies
Date:6/27/2011

y are produced by genetically nave parent oysters that haven't been selected for disease resistance." Genetic mingling of these susceptible oysters with their disease-resistant counterparts may be acting to slow the spread of disease resistance through the Chesapeake Bay oyster population.

"Spring Imports" project

Discovery of disease resistance among the Bay's oysters is based on research that began at VIMS in 1960 with the "Spring Imports" project. Burreson says this long-term study "clearly shows increased resistance to MSX in response to increased disease pressure." Carnegie adds "decreased disease in the wild despite favorable conditions for the parasites is a clear sign of increasing resistance among our native oysters due to long-term exposure."


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Contact: David Malmquist
davem@vims.edu
804-684-7011
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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