Tuesday, May 3, 2011

University of Maine researchers make key discovery on lice infestation

University of Maine researchers have published a paper in which they demonstrate that the blue mussel, (Mytilus edulis) can eat larvae of the sea louse, a parasitic pest that has recently made a comeback on fish farms, decimating populations of farmed finfish.The findings were published recently in the journal Aquaculture and have implications for the farmed salmon industry in Maine.

If further analysis in the field holds up, the use of mussels on salmon farms could be another disease management strategy for reducing the infectious pressure of sea lice in a finfish farm. Postdoctoral researcher Sally Molloy, a microbiologist in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences, made the discovery last summer along with graduate student Michael Pietrak. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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