Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

Abstract

An index based on rapid visual determination of the relative amount of necrotic tissue on eelgrass shoots infected with wasting disease is described. The utility of the index for assessing and monitoring disease levels in natural and experimental populations of eelgrass is illustrated with examples from the field and a mesocosm experiment. Using the Wasting Index, monitoring of the disease along with environmental variables provided correlational data that aided understanding of the disease progression and linked disease severity with salinity. Once salinity increased above a threshold, disease spread rapidly and was inversely correlated with leave area

Publication Date

3-1-1993

Journal Title

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Publisher

Inter-Research

Document Type

Article

Rights

© Inter-Research 1993

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