Oysters under threat from deadly herpes virus that is spreading around the world

THE world could soon be facing an oyster shortage as a deadly herpes virus is threatening to devastate oyster populations. The virus known as Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1), is impacting Pacific oysters, which is the most popular species to eat due to their large size and experts are worried it could continue to spread around … Continue reading Oysters under threat from deadly herpes virus that is spreading around the world

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Future CRC-P : advanced understanding of POMS to guide farm management decisions in Tasmania (project)

Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) caused by the OsHV-1 virus was first detected in Tasmania in January 2016 with mass mortalities of cultured Pacific oysters on farms in several major oyster growing areas, including Pittwater, Pipeclay Lagoon, Blackman Bay and Little Swanport. Prior to this outbreak, Tasmanian oyster farms produced around four million dozen oysters … Continue reading Future CRC-P : advanced understanding of POMS to guide farm management decisions in Tasmania (project)

Oysters can get herpes, and it’s killing them. A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the world

Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Oysters feed by filtering tiny plankton from the surrounding water, processing up to 50 gallons per oyster daily. In doing so, they improve water quality and make their ecosystems healthier. But the water … Continue reading Oysters can get herpes, and it’s killing them. A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the world

Parasite threatens Bluff oyster population

There are fears a parasite discovered on two Oyster farms near Stewart Island could spread to the wild Bluff Oysters growing in Foveaux Strait. An emergency meeting was held in Wellington on Wednesday to develop a plan to stop that happening, and protect the delicacy. Bluff Community Board Chairman Ray Fife says "There is potential … Continue reading Parasite threatens Bluff oyster population

Flat oyster parasite found at Stewart Island

Cawthron Institute scientists are well-placed to respond to the discovery of Bonamia ostreae at oyster farms on Stewart Island. Bonamia ostreae is a parasite that poses substantial threat to flat oysters, and this afternoon the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed they have detected it at two Stewart Island farms. Cawthron Institute Aquaculture Group Manager, … Continue reading Flat oyster parasite found at Stewart Island

Australia develops genetic research against deadly oyster virus

A genetic improvement program to breed oysters genetically predisposed to resist Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS) -- a disease that is harmless to humans but so lethal to oysters that it can kill more than 90% of a crop of millions of animals within days -- is being developed in Australia. (...) (By Undercurrent News May 04, … Continue reading Australia develops genetic research against deadly oyster virus

Colloque AFEM 2017 : “Microbiomes : des environnements naturels à l’homme”

Le prochain colloque de l'AFEM se déroulera du 17 ou 20 octobre 2017, à Camaret s/mer, autour du thème: "Microbiomes : des environnements naturels à l'homme". Ce colloque se répartira en 5 sessions et une table ronde: - Biodiversité, dynamique et évolution des communautés microbiennes - Ecologie fonctionnelle - Interactions biotiques et abiotiques - Ecotoxicologie … Continue reading Colloque AFEM 2017 : “Microbiomes : des environnements naturels à l’homme”