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Oysters @ VIMS

Field and laboratory research at VIMS is key to the recent surge in oyster aquaculture in Virginia, and also underlies increasing success in restoring wild populations of the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica to Chesapeake Bay. Oysters were historically one of the Bay's keystone species, filtering water and providing habitat for numerous Bay organisms through their reefs. Oyster restoration aims to reclaim some of these benefits.

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Five Most Recent Journal Articles
  1. Soudant, P., F. L. E. Chu, et al. 2013. Host-parasite interactions: Marine bivalve molluscs and protozoan parasites, Perkinsus species. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 114(2): 196-216. doi 10.1016/J.Jip.2013.06.001
  2. Kellogg, M. L., J. C. Cornwell, et al. 2013. Denitrification and nutrient assimilation on a restored oyster reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series 480: 1-19. doi 10.3354/Meps10331
  3. Lynch, S. A., A. Villalba, et al. 2013. The occurrence of haplosporidian parasites, Haplosporidium nelsoni and Haplosporidium sp., in oysters in Ireland. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112(3): 208-212. doi 10.1016/J.Jip.2012.11.013
  4. Harding, J. M., E. N. Powell, et al. 2013. Variations in eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) sex-ratios from three Virginia estuaries: protandry, growth and demographics. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 93(2): 519-531. doi 10.1017/S002531541200032x
  5. Waldbusser, G. G., E. N. Powell, et al. 2013. Ecosystem effects of shell aggregations and cycling in coastal waters: an example of Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs. Ecology 94(4): 895-903.

Read a full list of VIMS-authored journal articles related to oysters