The Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida) is the only native oyster on the west coast of the US.
Alleviating Regulatory Impediments To Native Shellfish Aquaculture
Our approach is to simultaneously address local adaptation in three genetically differentiated populations of Olympia oysters by evaluating genotype-by-environment interactions. We will reciprocally transplant seed produced from wild parents collected from contrasting environments into all environments. This very large reciprocal transplant experiment can test for a home field advantage in survival, maturation and growth in Olympia oysters. The overall goals of this project are to increase our knowledge of local adaptation in Olympia oysters to address concerns that interbreeding between potentially maladapted cultured and wild stocks could negatively impact wild populations. Accordingly, in order to attain these goals, the specific objectives of this proposal are to 1) Evaluate fitness components and performance of seed from different origins in a reciprocal transplant experiment and 2) Characterize genetic and epigenetic markers associated with oysters from different origins in a reciprocal transplant experiment.
Capstone Student Research Efforts
A comparison of growth and gene expression in two species of oysters. Katie Fulkerson
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O.lurida transcriptome version3 [10/13]
Timmins-Schiffman EB* Friedman CS, Metzger DC, White SJ and Roberts SB. (2013) Genomic resource development for shellfish of conservation concern. saved Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12052
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