Investigations Of Australian Hematodinium Spp. A Dinoflagellate Parasite Damaging Major Crustacean Fisheries In Australia And Worldwide

Grant number: DP1093395 | Funding period: 2010 - 2013

Completed

Abstract

The dinoflagellate Hematodinium species (sp.) causes a deadly infection in crustaceans worldwide and a recent outbreak in Shark Bay, WA highlights its importance in Australian waters. This project will provide a first nationwide survey of commercially important crustacean stocks enabling the Australian fisheries authorities to assess the full scale of the problem. Also, we will develop a simple, easy-to-use tool for diagnosis and management of Hematodinium sp. This project will expand the diversity of parasites studied in Australia by including this relatively poorly studied but damaging group. This project will also foster interdisciplinary collaborations within Australia, and international..

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