Oysters Australia R&D group met on 20th March 2013 and resolved direction on three POMS research and development related investments.
These are in addition to already funded CRC & FRDC projects on breeding for POMS resistance and ‘animal health’ science behind POMS in Australian oysters:
- Expand the breeding program to investigate the potential to include breeding from POMS survivors to enhance genetic gains.
This could be an addition to CRC project 2012/760: “Genetic selection for resistance to Pacific oyster mortality syndrome” that started in late 2012.
- Support application to FRDC for additional ‘animal health’ research to;
- Undertake more family line monitoring in field and extend monitoring to Hawkesbury to ensure same results between estuary (location effect)
- Validate laboratory infection results with those observed in the field.
- Correlation between larval survival & spat survival (if larvae is affected in the same way, families can be tested & survivors identified very quickly)
3. Test methods to ensure disease free stock can be produced from adults from POMS affected areas to allow translocation (essential support for breeding program & hatchery)
Recommend funding of 1 year funding of 3, for a small project in the Hawkesbury testing whether spat can be held in on-land tanks during the infection window. This could be important for growers and hatcheries operating in infected areas.