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Differences in susceptibility to sea lice infection between a sea run and a freshwater resident population of brown trout

Citation
Glover KA, Nilsen F, Skaala O, Taggart J & Teale AJ (2001) Differences in susceptibility to sea lice infection between a sea run and a freshwater resident population of brown trout. Journal of Fish Biology, 59 (6), pp. 1512-1519. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2001.tb00216.x

Abstract
Two experimental groups comprising mixed Norwegian sea run and freshwater resident brown trout Salmo trutta were infected with sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis in replicate tanks. Comparison of mean abundance and louse development between the sea run and resident groups revealed highly significant differences in lice abundance. The resident trout had an average abundance ± of 6·3±0·37 and 6·6±0·43 lice whilst the sea trout had an average abundance of 3·5 ±0·25 and 3·3 ±0·28 lice 29 days post infection at 9° C. No differences in development of lice, of either sex, were detected between the groups. As host groups were naive to sea lice at the start of the experiment, this suggests that there was a significant difference in susceptibility to sea lice infection between them, which may be genetically determined.

Keywords
sea lice; sea trout; adaptation selection; parasite

Journal
Journal of Fish Biology: Volume 59, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Author(s)Glover, Kevin A; Nilsen, Frank; Skaala, Oystein; Taggart, John; Teale, Alan J
Publication date31/12/2001
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0022-1112
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