Diseases of fish and shellfish affect both wild and aquacultured populations, accounting for millions of dollars in lost fishery revenues and ecosystem services each year. VIMS scientists identify and detect the diseases that affect marine life and human health, studying where pathogens come from, how they are transmitted, and the genetic basis for immunity.
- A surprising possible advantage of oyster disease tolerance (March 2015) VIMS graduate student Lydia Bienlien and researchers Ryan Carnegie, Corinne Audemard, and Kimberly Reece are conducting a study that could make us rethink the way we are breeding oysters.
- New faculty member studies processes behind aquatic diseases (August 2013) Ultimate goal is to better manage farmed and wild stocks to reduce disease burdens.
- VIMS researchers unravel life cycle of blue-crab parasite (October 2012) Knowledge may help watermen and growers curtail spread of disease.
- Disease-resistant oysters call for shift in Bay restoration strategies (June 2011) Development of disease resistance among Chesapeake Bay oysters calls for a shift in oyster-restoration strategies within the Bay and its tributaries.
Advisory Service Reports
Burreson EM. 1988. Impact of Diseases on the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Industry. 4 pp.
Five Most Recent Journal Articles
- Breitburg, D.L., et al., 2015. Landscape-Level Variation in Disease Susceptibility Related to Shallow-Water Hypoxia. Plos One, 10(2). http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0116223
- Spiers, Z.B., et al., 2014. Longitudinal study of winter mortality disease in Sydney rock oysters Saccostrea glomerata. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 110(1-2): p. 151-164. http://doi.org/10.3354/dao02629
- Lapointe, D., et al., 2014. Temperature, hypoxia, and mycobacteriosis: effects on adult striped bass Morone saxatilis metabolic performance. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 108(2): p. 113-127. http://doi.org/10.3354/dao02693
- Gruszynski, K., et al., 2014. Evaluating Wildlife as a Potential Source of Salmonella serotype Newport (JJPX01.0061) Contamination for Tomatoes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Zoonoses and Public Health, 61(3): p. 202-207. http://doi.org/10.1111/zph.12061
- Frank-Lawale, A., S.K. Allen, and L. Degremont, 2014. Breeding and Domestication of Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) Lines for Culture in the Mid-Atlantic, USA: Line Development and Mass Selection for Disease Resistance. Journal of Shellfish Research, 33(1): p. 153-165. http://doi.org/10.2983/035.033.0115