use of flow cytometry for surveillance of OSHV-1
WHY WAS THE RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN?
This research was undertaken to develop a method for OsHV-1 detection in the environment using data from in South Australia (seasonally) and Tasmania (monthly).
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR FINDINGS/OUTCOMES SO FAR?
Role of non-pacific oyster hosts. There are many other filter feeding animals in the environment where outbreaks occur. Understanding their role is important in the disease dynamic.
Interest in fast tracking a rapid diagnostic method. Hatcheries and other operators will be able to get diagnostic information quickly in the event of mass mortalities.
Accelerating the capacity to grow alternative species. Growers are interested in having an alternative species they can grow in the absence of pacific oysters which are easy to farm.
Market diversity and farming approaches. The oyster industry is geographically compartmentalised and this has been an historical challenge until recently. The POMS outbreak has made many growers see that having gaps between the different growing areas is an advantage some of the time, yet this also brings certain business risks for individual operators and the importance of exploring ways to mitigate this that going forward.