Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists
The protozoan parasites, Perkinsus marinus (Dermo) and Haplosporidium nelsoni (MSX), are two important pathogens which have caused severe mortality in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, in the United States since 1950. This paper reviews and discusses the recent research on the diseases caused by these two parasites and focuses on: I. the in vivo and in vitro interactions between C. virginica and P. marinus, 2. the physiological and biochemical characterization of the parasite, P. marinus, and 3. the development of DNA probes and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers specific for H. nelsoni or P. marinus.
Chu, Fu-lin, Trends in research on Crassostrea virginica and its two protozoan parasites Perkinsus marinus and Haplosporidium nelsoni (1997). Bulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists, 17(6), 184-187.