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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This study is the first to systematically examine the seasonality of P. marinus infection acquisition in oysters in relation to water column abundance of P. marinus cells, oyster mortality, and temperature. The timing and magnitude of seasonal peaks in environmental abundances of P. marinus cells and local oyster mortalities at an upper and lower Chesapeake Bay site were also contrasted. Lastly, a specific and sensitive immunoassay detection technique was employed to examine the process and site(s) of pathogen invasion into host oysters in both field and laboratory P. marinus exposures.


American oyster -- Diseases, American oyster -- Pathogens, Perkinsus marinus



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