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Oysters @ VIMS

Oysters were historically a keystone species in Chesapeake Bay, filtering water and providing habitat for numerous Bay organisms through their reefs. Today they stand at 1% of their original population. Oyster research at VIMS focuses on restoration and aquaculture of the native oyster Crassostrea virginica. VIMS also played a key role in evaluating the potential use of the non-native Asian oyster C. ariakensis.

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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