Abalone farm discharges the withering syndrome pathogen into the wild

Frontiers in Microbiology
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Abstract

An intracellular bacterium Candidatus Xenohaliotis californiensis, also called Withering-Syndrome Rickettsia-Like Organism (WS-RLO), is the cause of mass mortalities that are the chief reason for endangerment of black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii). Using a real-time PCR assay, we found that a shore-based abalone farm (AF) in Santa Barbara, CA, USA discharged WS-RLO DNA into the ocean. Several other shore-based AFs discharge effluent into critical habitat for black abalone in California and this might affect the recovery of wild black abalone. Existing regulatory frameworks exist that could help protect wild species from pathogens released from shore-based aquaculture.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Abalone farm discharges the withering syndrome pathogen into the wild
Series title Frontiers in Microbiology
DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00373
Volume 4
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Publisher location Lausanne
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 1 p.
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