A new approach is needed for oyster diseases

In an opinion piece published in Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society, Dr Fabrice Pernet and others argue that multidisciplinary science is needed to deal with emerging diseases in oyster aquaculture.

Pernet F, Lupo C, Bacher C and Whittington RJ (2016). Infectious diseases in oyster aquaculture require a new integrated approach. Philosophical Transactions Royal Society B 371: 20150213. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0213

Summary: Emerging diseases pose a recurrent threat to bivalve aquaculture. Recently, massive mortality events in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas associated with the detection of a microvariant of the ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1 µVar) have been reported in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Although the spread of disease is often viewed as a governance failure, we suggest that the development of protective measures for bivalve farming is presently held back by the lack of key scientific knowledge. In this paper, we explore the case for an integrated approach to study the management of bivalve disease, using OsHV-1 as a case study. Reconsidering the key issues by incorporating multidisciplinary science could provide a holistic understanding of OsHV-1 and increase the benefit of research to policymakers.

If you would like a copy of the scientific paper please send a request by e-mail to: richard.whittington@sydney.edu.au