DAO 52:175-177 (2002)  -  doi:10.3354/dao052175

Detection of the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium in the Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus by ELISA

H. J. Small1,*, S. Wilson2, D. M. Neil1, P. Hagan2, G. H. Coombs2

1Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, Graham Kerr Building, and
2Division of Infection and Immunity, Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK

ABSTRACT: Norway lobsters Nephrops norvegicus from the coastal waters of Scotland are seasonally infected by a parasitic dinoflagellate of the genus Hematodinium. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been developed for the detection of the parasite in the haemolymph of N. norvegicus. The ELISA is simple to perform with a detection limit of 5 x 104 parasites ml-1 haemolymph. The ELISA is currently being used to study the prevalence and seasonality of Hematodinium infection in N. norvegicus and other crustacean hosts.


KEY WORDS: Hematodinium · Nephrops norvegicus · Infection · ELISA


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