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A hand holding oysters under water.

Recent work by HSRL Director Dave Bushek and his former post-doc Tal Ben-Horin was featured in the Global Aquaculture Advocate describing how aquaculture could help wild populations plagued by infectious pathogens.  Oysters, for example, filter a microscopic parasite that causes Dermo disease in the oysters.  It is not harmful to humans, but can kill the oysters.  Because the parasite is not harmful to humans, oysters harvested remove the parasite before it can become infective to other oysters decreasing the overall rate of transmission to help limit disease.
The original research published in Aquaculture Environment Interactions can be found here.



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