Potential drivers of virulence evolution in aquaculture

Evolutionary Applications
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Infectious diseases are economically detrimental to aquaculture, and with continued expansion and intensification of aquaculture, the importance of managing infectious diseases will likely increase in the future. Here, we use evolution of virulence theory, along with examples, to identify aquaculture practices that might lead to the evolution of increased pathogen virulence. We identify eight practices common in aquaculture that theory predicts may favor evolution toward higher pathogen virulence. Four are related to intensive aquaculture operations, and four others are related specifically to infectious disease control. Our intention is to make aquaculture managers aware of these risks, such that with increased vigilance, they might be able to detect and prevent the emergence and spread of increasingly troublesome pathogen strains in the future.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Potential drivers of virulence evolution in aquaculture
Series title Evolutionary Applications
DOI 10.1111/eva.12342
Volume 9
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 11 p.
First page 344
Last page 354
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