Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/CBT-22

The effects of environmental contaminants on the progression of Perkinsus marinus in the eastern oyster

Principal Investigator: 

Robert S. Anderson

Start/End Year: 

1994 to 1995

Institution: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Eugene M. Burreson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Topic(s): 

Description: 

The main objective is to test the hypothesis that pollutant stress may predispose aquatic organisms to infectious diseases or accelerate the progression of the disease. The host-parasite system proposed is Crassostrea virginica - Perkinsus marinus; the environmental toxicants under study will include a lower MW polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (naphthalene) and tributyltin. An attempt will be made to associate pollutant-induced changes in disease progression to changes in cell-mediated immune function.