Defence of doctoral dissertation: Epidemiology of crayfish plague

15.11.2016 10:48

The doctoral dissertation studied the occurrence of crayfish plague in Finnish crayfish populations. Crayfish plague is caused by an oomycete Aphanomyces astaci, a North American water mould that grows in the cuticle of the crayfish. When infected, European crayfish usually die quickly. The study found that two types of crayfish plague occur in Finland, one of which has weaker virulence and may remain latent in a weak crayfish population. A persistent infection prevents the permanent recovery of a crayfish population to a productive level.

Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine Satu Viljamaa-Dirks, who is employed at the Production Animal and Wildlife Health Research Unit of the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, will defend her doctoral dissertation at the Department of Veterinary Biosciences in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki.

The defence of the doctoral dissertation will take place on 18 November 2016 at 12.00 at the University of Helsinki main building, Auditorium XII, Unioninkatu 34, Helsinki

The defence of the doctoral dissertation will be conducted in English.

Summary of the doctoral dissertation Epidemiology of crayfish plague

For further information, please contact:
Satu Viljamaa-Dirks, Researcher, tel. +358 44 720 1469


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