Histopathology in Pacific oyster health surveillance
This project aims to assess serial temporal samples collected from an oyster farm at Coffin Bay, for health and signs of disease.
The assessment (of gross and histopathological findings) will lead to an analysis of pathological changes and how they relate to oyster health.
During the project, you will develop an understanding of pacific oyster health from South Australian production units and develop the procedures for a statewide oyster health surveillance program.
Edible oysters are a significantly important part of the SA aquaculture industry and an understanding of their health and significant diseases is fundamental for a sustainable industry. The development of a surveillance program is critical for early detection of disease incursion to SA oyster stocks.
- Samples will be collected for DVM3 practicals and will be processed and examined (histologically) for documented signs of health and disease.
- You will be involved in normal histological techniques and develop skills for reading histology of oysters, correlating data and possibly discovering undescribed oyster conditions.
- There will be opportunities for farm site visits.
Study pathobiology, infectious disease and public health
Get involved in research projects that aim to increase the understanding of disease agents and their effects, leading to the development of better diagnostic tools for their detection.
Projects are available in a broad range of areas, including Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour disease and aquatic animal health, particularly farmed, ornamental and research fish populations.
Research area: Pathobiology, infectious disease and public health
Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science