Continued studies on the identity of juvenile oyster disease (jod) causative organism in north eastern United States oysters

Principal Investigator:

Eugene B. Small

Start/End Year:

1995 - 1997


University of Maryland, College Park



Identify the transmissible agent, presumably a ciliated protist, responsible for JOD in North Eastern United States. Establish the etiology and identity of the disease pathogen. Culture the transmissible agent, presumably a ciliated protist, in suitable media. Transmit the presumed pathogenic ciliate to cultured parasite free oysters and recover the parasite after the oysters have come down with the infection. Detection of the JOD organism in other species of cultured oysters and identify such a ciliate pathogen if one is found.

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