Developing Disease Resistant Oysters



for refreshments and a discussion of the role probiotics may play in protecting juvenile oysters from harmful bacteria.

Guest speaker Dr. David Rowley of the University of Rhode Island has been studying the effects of probiotics, “good bacteria,” for reducing mortality in larval oysters, and will discuss the results from his most recent work and the potential implications for Rhode Island’s shellfish industry.


Developing Disease-Resistant Oysters

Monday, March 23
5-7 p.m.

Coastal Institute Auditorium
URI Narragansett Bay Campus | South Ferry Rd | Narragansett 02882


Dr. David Rowley, associate professor of biomedical sciences and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Rhode Island, has explored natural pathways for combating disease outbreaks in shellfish, specifically the eastern oyster because of the high mortality rates in cultured and wild populations due to bacterial and parasitic diseases.

These diseases affect larval and juvenile stages of oyster growth, and are a major problem for the shellfish aquaculture industry.

Dr. Rowley will share successful results in his lab research studying the effects of probiotics — bacteria that promote disease-resistance — for reducing mortality rates in larval oyster, as well as results from exploring their application in oyster hatcheries that could have implications for Rhode Island’s shellfish aquaculture industry.



This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to  to reserve a place or for more information.

The Coastal State series is sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant with the support of the URI Graduate School of OceanographyURI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the URI Coastal Institute