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We are measuring oysters to estimate their growth rate. As with most aspects of the study, we measure randomly selected oysters in order to estimate growth across the batch.
After opening and carefully dissecting each oyster, we pulverse them to obtain a mushy fluid which we can test for bacteria and POMS virus.
We are testing the oysters using three methods:
1. Virology – quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for OsHV-1 u-var in tissues
2. Microbiology – culture of the tissues on an agar surface to detect Vibrio bacteria
3. Microscopic examination – using thin sections of the whole oyster to check for parasites and other abnormalities