Lethal marine snow: Pathogen of bivalve mollusc concealed in marine aggregates

M. Maille Lyons, J. Evan Ward, Roxanna Smolowitz, Kevin R. Uhlinger, Rebecca J. Gast, Limnology and Oceanography

This Limnology and Oceanography (PDF) scholarly article provides evidence of marine aggregates (such as marine snow and organic detritus) that facilitate disease transmission by serving as environmental reservoirs for Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX), a pathogen of hard clams. This finding suggests a means for the spread and survival of pathogens between epidemics and provides a specific target for environmental monitoring.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeyword: Mercenaria mercenaria