New Genetic Test Can Detect Clam Disease Crippling Shellfish Industry and Threatening Aquaculture Operations

Shelley Dawicki, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

This Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute news release reports that a genetic test has been developed to detect QPX (Quahog Parasite Unknown), a crippling disease occurring in clam beds from Cape Cod south to Virginia and north to Canada. The article features Woods Hole scientists Rebecca Gast and Roxanna Smolowitz and links to the related Oceanus magazine article.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology