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Oysters and Climate Change

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Eileen E. Hofmann, John M. Klinck, Eric N. Powell, and Susan Ford said in a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that they had looked at the historical record of monitoring for oyster diseases and found direct evidence that the northern spread of the parasitic oyster diseases MSX and Dermo can be linked directly to changes in winter water temperature that reflect climate warming. A press release from Old Dominion University quoted Hoffman as saying, “Our findings demonstrate how important climate is in regulating diseases such as Dermo and MSX. We have to manage the disease populations with a long-term climate perspective.” More information on oyster-disease research is available on the World Wide Web at

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