Mortality in single-pair mating families of QX disease-resistant and wild-type Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata)

Alison Kan, Michael C. Dove, Wayne A. O'Connor, Sham V. Nair, David A. Raftos*

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Abstract

QX disease causes mass mortalities among Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). To overcome commercial production losses, Industry & Investment NSW has been developing mass selected QX disease-resistant breeding lines since 1997. This breeding programme has significantly reduced QX-associated mortality in the Lime Kiln Bar (LKB) breeding line relative to non-selected, wild-type (WT) oysters. The current study assessed mortality in families produced by single-pair mating between LKB and WT oysters. When these families were grown in a QX disease-prone area, the progeny of LKB × LKB crosses had significantly lower mortality compared with LKB × WT or WT × WT families. Mortality in the different crosses was associated with infection by sporulating Marteilia sydneyi, the parasite responsible for QX disease. Overall, the study identified a strong association between parentage and mortality resulting from QX disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-995
Number of pages9
JournalAquaculture Research
Volume42
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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