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Crassostrea virginica

1996

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Modeling Diseased Oyster Populations. Ii. Triggering Mechanisms For Perkinsus Marinus Epizootics, Eric N. Powell, John M. Klinck, Eileen E. Hofmann Jan 1996

Modeling Diseased Oyster Populations. Ii. Triggering Mechanisms For Perkinsus Marinus Epizootics, Eric N. Powell, John M. Klinck, Eileen E. Hofmann

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Densities of Crassostrea virginica remain high enough to support substantial fisheries throughout the Gulf of Mexico despite high mortality rates produced by the endoparasite Perkinsus marinus. The infrequency of epizootics in these populations suggests that controls exist on the disease intensification process. The progression of epizootics in oyster populations, the factors that trigger epizootics, and the factors that terminate epizootics once started were investigated with a coupled oyster population—P. marinus model.

The time development of a simulated epizootic was triggered by environmental conditions that occurred and disappeared as much as t8 months prior to the onset of mortality in ...