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Shewanella Species as Potential Emerging Pathogens in Oysters and Seawater from Apalachicola, Chesapeake and Maryland Coastal Bays

Investigators
Parveen, Salina
Institutions
University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
Start date
2018
End date
2021
Objective
The overall goal of this project is to investigate the prevalence of potentially pathogenic Shewanella spp. in oysters and seawater samples collected from the Apalachicola Bay (AB), Florida, the Chesapeake Bay (CB) and the Maryland Coastal Bays (MCBs), Maryland to enhance seafood safety and water quality research, outreach, and extension at two HBCUs. The specific objectives are:1) To investigate the prevalence of potentially pathogenic Shewanella species in AB, CB and MCBs; 2) To study the effect of environmental factors such as temperature, salinity, pH, and chlorophyll a on the prevalence of Shewanella in oysters and seawater; 3) To characterize Shewanella recovered from oyster and seawater using phenotypic (antimicrobial susceptibility testing) and genotypic (Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis) methods; 4) To share the research findings with the public, seafood industry and regulatory agencies; and 5) To increase capacity and enhance student educational and leadership opportunities.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MDX-FS20180201
Accession number
1015077
Categories
Sanitation and Quality Standards
Antimicrobial Resistance
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
Seafood