Date Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.Sc.)


Virginia Institute of Marine Science


John L. Dupuy

Committee Member

J.E. Warriner

Committee Member

Bruce Neilson

Committee Member

Kenneth L. Webb

Committee Member

Marvin Wass


A comparison of effects of conditioning adult oysters (Crassostrea virginica) with Cornstarch and/or Tetraselmis suecica and raw water were determined on subsequent larval growth, vigor and successful metamorphosis. Possible correlations of lipid content of eggs and larval growth, vigor and metamorphosis was also examined. Results illustrated the effectiveness of Cornstarch when used as a supplemental conditioning agent for producing larvae and spat in greater quantity and of better quality than the other conditioning diets employed. Investigation revealed that lipid content of eggs is an important indicator for larval growth, vigor, set and successful metamorphosis. This dissertation is from the Joint Program Degree from the College of William & Mary and University of Virginia and awarded by the University of Virginia.



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