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Modeling The Msx Parasite In Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) Populations. I. Model Development, Implementation, And Verification, Susan Ford, Eric Powell, John Klinck, Eileen Hofmann Jan 1999

Modeling The Msx Parasite In Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) Populations. I. Model Development, Implementation, And Verification, Susan Ford, Eric Powell, John Klinck, Eileen Hofmann

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A mathematical model simulating the host-parasite-environmental interactions of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and the pathogen, Haplosporidium nelsoni, which causes MSX disease, has been developed. The model has 2 components. One replicates the infection process within the oyster and the other simulates transmission. The infection-development component relies on basic physiological processes of both host and parasite, modified by the environment, to reproduce the observed annual prevalence cycle of H. nelsoni. Equations describing these rates were constructed using data from long-term field observations, and field and laboratory experiments. In the model, salinity and temperature have direct effects upon in vivo parasite survival ...