Wild Oysters Overcoming 35-Year Struggle with Deadly Parasite

Virginia Institute of Marine Science scientists Ryan Carnegie and Lúcia Safi harvest oysters for research. (Credit: Paul Richardson of VIMS)

Virginia’s thriving oyster farming industry means the shellfish can be eaten year-round. But wild oysters in the Chesapeake Bay region remain in a struggle to survive. Now, scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have discovered the oysters are evolving to resist a deadly parasite variant outbreak that began 35 years ago. Pamela D’Angelo reports.


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