Variety: Disease Resistant Oysters Principal Investigator(s): Ximing Guo Achievement(s): Rutgers disease-resistant oysters are widely used by farmers in New Jersey and Northeastern States where MSX and Dermo diseases are present.
Eastern oysters with improved disease resistance and growth.
Strengths & Qualities
Selectively bred for MSX resistance since 1960, for Dermo resistance since 1990 and for growth and shell attributes since 1998
Haskin NEH® is derived from Long Island Sound and perform well in most high salinity (20 – 34 ppt) sites in the Northeastern region
Haskin DBX is derived from Delaware Bay and perform well in medium or low salinity (18 – 23 ppt) sites
Both strains have strong resistance to MSX, moderate to strong resistance to Dermo, and improved survival in the field
Adapted to hatchery production and grow significantly faster than wild Delaware oysters in the field
Rutgers licenses the disease-resistant oyster strains as patented products. The oyster breeding program provides broodstock oysters free of charge to licensed hatchery for commercial seed production
Disease-resistant oyster seed can be purchased from licensed hatcheries and cultured the same way as normal oysters