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Uncertainties and Speculations About the Life Cycle of the Eastern Oyster Pathogen Haplosporidium nelsoni (MSX) Public Deposited

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  • For 30 years, the pathogen Haplosporidium nelsoni (MSX) has been causing serious mortalities of eastern oysters Crassostrea virginica in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays. Its life cycle is largely unknown, and methods for control are wanting. Breeding of resistant eastern oyster strains, at this time, offers the best hope for some degree of control of the disease. Based on apparent effects of environment on H. nelsoni abundance, particularly in Delaware Bay, we are attempting to profile a hypothetical alternate host. Careful examination of changes in the northern areas may contribute significantly to our understanding of the relationships between H. nelsoni and its environment.
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