DAO 21:221-226 (1995)  -  doi:10.3354/dao021221

Effects of stock and culture environment on infections by Marteilia refringens and Mytilicola intestinalis in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis cultured in Galicia (NW Spain)

Fuentes J, Villalba A, Zapata C, Alvarez G

The effects of stock and culture environment on the prevalence of Marteilia refringens and Mytilicola intestinalis in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis, cultured in the Ría de Arousa (Galicia, NW Spain) were studied in a transplantation experiment. Mussel seed from 4 natural populations (stocks) of the Galician coast were transferred to culture ropes hung from the fore-part and aft-part (situations) of rafts located in 3 culture areas (sites) inside the ría. The prevalence of M. refringens was mainly affected by the culture site. Thus, mussels cultivated in the inner area of the ría showed significantly higher prevalences than those in the middle and outer ones. Stock and situation within the raft showed less important effects. None of the 3 factors investigated showed important effects on the prevalence of M. intestinalis.


Mytilus galloprovincialis . Marteilia refringens . Mytilicola intestinalis . Prevalence . Stock . Culture environment . Transplantation . Mussel cultivation


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