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Small but MIGHTY

Food Safety and Security for All

Our small, but highly collaborative lab is located at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. We are focused on infectious diseases and immunology of commercially important aquatic species and functional, fishmeal-free aquadiets. We also study the effects of climate change on a number of key species in our coastal waters to find sustainable ways for marine resource management - therefore, stakeholder collaborations and input is highly valuable to us. Our findings have been published in numerous publications. Learn more about our research and the team on the following pages.

Our academic home is the Biomedical Sciences Department of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University.

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How probiotics saved the oyster

Outreach video created by Madison Ragone (July 2022)

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Edited May 10th 2022

On the West coast of North America, Pacific oyster larvae often face severe mass mortality events caused by the bacterial shellfish pathogen Vibrio coralliilyticus (Vcor). We are studying the efficacy of four probiotic bacteria to increase the survival of oyster larvae when infected with Vcor. Each probiotic strain was chosen due to its ability to inhibit the growth of Vcor on an agar plate or improve the survival of infected larvae. Individually, the probiotics displayed variable effects on survival, but when used in combination, the survival of infected larvae significantly improved. The probiotic cocktail has also improved the overall robustness of larvae and increased settlement rates. (Video taken by C. Schubiger: Healthy oyster larvae)

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2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport OR 97365

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