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Flesh Eating Beach Bacteria In Florida
2013-09-30 14:00:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Deadly flesh-eating bacteria are emerging on the beaches of Florida and health officials are warning people at the coastlines to be aware. The Vibrio vulnificus bacterium has killed nine people in Florida so far this year, according to a report from a local ABC affiliate in Florida. This bacteria occur naturally in seawater, but they can get into a person's bloodstream through an open wound or from consuming raw shellfish. The Centers...

Mixed News For Pacific Northwest Oyster Industry In World Oceans Month
2013-06-13 10:38:01

National Science Foundation Ocean acidification inhibits shell formation, but interventions at hatcheries may offset some effects, scientists find For the past several years, it has struggled with significant losses due to ocean acidification. Oyster larvae have had mortality rates high enough to render production no longer economically feasible. Now a new study documents why oysters appear so sensitive to increasing acidity, but also offers some hope for the future. It isn't...

2013-06-05 11:47:01

Scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University have developed a new, inexpensive and precise way to detect the toxin secreted by Vibrio tubiashii, a bacterial disease that a few years ago caused millions of dollars in losses to the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. When perfected and commercialized, the new assay should give oyster growers an early warning system to tell when they have a problem with high levels of this toxin and must take...

2013-05-28 23:00:49

An Electronic Giant´s big investment in unconventional resources is already paying off for the energy giant, and it believes it can do for fracking what it did for aviation, reports EDI Weekly. Toronto, ON (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 In this week´s EDI Weekly, your digest of industry news and events, we have two very different energy stories. First, there´s the big push to make hydraulic fracturing safer and cleaner–and more profitable. In a completely different vein, Scotland...

2013-05-10 11:42:03

Oyster reefs shown to buffer acidic inputs to Chesapeake Bay Scientists have identified many benefits for restoring oyster reefs to Chesapeake Bay and other coastal ecosystems. Oysters filter and clean the water, provide habitat for their own young and for other species, and sustain both watermen and seafood lovers. A new study co-authored by Professor Roger Mann of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science adds another item to this list of benefits–the ability of oyster reefs to...

2013-05-01 12:32:35

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in six Americans gets food poisoning each year. Additionally, virus infection risks from consumption of raw oysters in the U.S. are estimated to cost around $200 million a year. To address the issue of health risk from eating raw oysters, Texas A&M University graduate student Chandni Praveen, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Suresh Pillai and a team of researchers from other agencies and institutions,...

2013-04-05 13:13:45

There´s a new seaweed in town, a brown, bulbous balloon befitting the nickname “sea potato.” Its New England debut was spotted by two University of New Hampshire plant biology graduate students; now researchers are keeping a close eye on the sea potato´s progress to determine whether there is cause for alarm. UNH graduate students Lindsay Green and Hannah Traggis discovered the rapid southern expansion of Colpomenia peregrina, also known as sea potato or oyster thief,...

2012-12-28 05:03:24

FDA reverses product recall on South Korean Oysters. Crown Prince Oysters are now available for purchase. City of Industry, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2012 After many months of close negotiations with the Food and Drug Administration, notice was given to all suppliers of molluscan shellfish from South Korea that FDA had reversed its decision issued last May to recall this product. Dustan Hoffman, President of Crown Prince, stated “We want to assure retailers and consumers that we do not...

Pacific Oyster
2012-09-20 05:04:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team´s sequencing of the Pacific oyster´s genome has produced pearls of wisdom regarding the structure and adaptability of the tasty mollusk. "The accomplishment is a major breakthrough in the international Conchological research, with great advancement in the fields of conchology and marine biology." said team member Fusui Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "The study will provide valuable resources...


Latest Oyster Reference Libraries

Atlanta Winged Oyster, Pteria Colymbus
2013-04-25 20:03:29

The Atlantic Winged Oyster, Pteria Colymbus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae. It can be found along the Atlantic coast of North Carolina to Brazil and Bermuda. This Atlantic Winged Oyster grows to about 2.8 inches long and is a distinctive, asymmetric shape. The hinge is long and strait with one wing drawn out a long way and the other one much smaller. The upper valve is brownish, often mottled with some paler markings. The lower valve is smaller and...

Pinctada Maxima
2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....

Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with loose flakes and varies in color from a pale brownish olive to a purplish black. The nacre on the...

Cockscomb Oyster, Lopha cristagalli
2013-04-17 11:50:41

Lopha cristagalli, also known as cockscomb oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks within the family Ostreidae. This species has a shell with the potential to reach a maximum diameter of roughly 20.5 centimeters, 10 centimeters being the most common. The coloration varies from dark to light purple and is thick, strongly ribbed, and slightly inequitable shell. The shell inside is porcelaneous, normally a purplish-brown or whitish. The margins of the valves have a distinctive zig-zag...

Windowpane Oyster, Placuna placenta
2013-04-16 21:15:37

The windowpane oyster, Placuna placenta, alternatively known as capiz, is a bivalve marine mollusk belonging to the family Placunidae. Among the species within the genus, only the P. placenta has an outer shell that is sufficiently translucent for commercial use. This mollusk can be found from the shallows of the Gulf of Aden, to around India, then Malaysia to the southern South China Sea, and around the Philippines. Capiz, a province in the Philippines, gets its name from this shell which...

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