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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 465, Issue 1–3, pp 181–186 | Cite as

Living with bonamiasis: Irish research since 1987

  • Sarah C. Culloty
  • Maire F. Mulcahy
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Abstract

The main oyster species produced in Ireland up to the 1980's was the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis. However, since then, production of this species has been severely affected by the presence of the protistan Bonamia ostreae, which was diagnosed in a population of flat oysters on the south coast following heavy mortalities. Research has been ongoing since the first diagnosis in Ireland and has concentrated on aspects of the biology of both the host and the parasite. In recent years research has concentrated on screening populations of oysters to identify any with reduced susceptibility to the parasite.

bonamiasis Bonamia ostreae Ostrea edulis Ireland aquaculture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah C. Culloty
    • 1
  • Maire F. Mulcahy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Animal EcologyUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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