As part of Vivaldi work under WP1 on ‘Pathogen diversity and improving tools for better surveillance’ the aims of the visit were:
- To develop standard diagnostic criteria for scallop pathology.
- To agree a sampling strategy for investigations in Norway on the occurrence and possible lifecycle of Marteilia.
- To examine the aetiology of a bacterial infection (RLO-like) in flat oyster as part of a wider assessment of similar infections in bivalves globally.
During the visit Stein Mortensen, from IMR, provided a laboratory wide seminar on ‘The northwards expansion of the Pacific oyster – does the oyster carry the Ostreid herpesvirus (OsHV-1) on its way?’. In addition, the visit allowed time for discussing with the Fish Health Inspectorate, aquatic animal health infrastructure and procedures in fulfilment of responsibilities as NRL. A laboratory tour provided opportunities for Cefas staff to discuss technical and scientific topics. Several ongoing activities are now active and planned.