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First record of the occurrence of ”Gill disease” in Mytilus edulis trossulus from the Gulf of Gdansk, Poland
2006 (English)In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, ISSN 0022-2011, E-ISSN 1096-0805, Vol. 93, no 3, 207-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We are presenting the first report of the occurrence of “gill disease” in Mytilus edulis trossulus from the southern Baltic Sea, Gulf of Gdańsk (Poland). The disease preliminary diagnosis was based on the presence of white and yellow “spots” causing deep indentations in the gills with degeneration, destruction and necrosis of gill filaments. Average prevalence of gill erosion in the blue mussels population was 15.8%. According to other authors, gill erosion may affect over 80% of the bivalve population resulting in mortality rates of up to 40%. The origin of the gill erosion remains unknown, but viruses are most likely involved in the etiology of these pathological conditions. The disease as such may indicate a decrease in the immunological resistance of organisms to infections and inflammations directly or indirectly caused by harmful factors in the ambient environment. Furthermore, the occurrence of numerous pathologies in bivalves is a particular problem in the Gulf of Gdańsk being a low biodiversity ecosystem. Pathologies reduce bilvalves’ reproduction ability, worsen their physiological condition and increase their mortality rate. Those factors may also pose a significant ecological danger and lead to negative alterations of the ecosystem.

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2006. Vol. 93, no 3, 207-209 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-8395DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2006.07.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-8395DiVA: diva2:415246
Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-06 Last updated: 2011-05-06Bibliographically approved

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