<i>Labyrinthula zosterae</i> sp. nov., the Causative Agent of Wasting Disease of Eelgrass, <i>Zostera marina</i>
|Title||Labyrinthula zosterae sp. nov., the Causative Agent of Wasting Disease of Eelgrass, Zostera marina|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1991|
|Authors||Muehlstein, LK, Porter, D, Short, FT|
|Pagination||180 - 191|
|ISBN Number||00275514, 15572536|
A pathogenic species of marine slime mold, Labyrinthula, has been identified as the etiological agent of the present recurrence of wasting disease of eelgrass, Zostera marina. It is also implicated as causing the previous epidemic eelgrass wasting disease that occurred in the 1930s. We propose Labyrinthula zosterae sp. nov. for this pathogen based on its host specificity, cytology, characteristic growth patterns in culture, cell size, color in mass, and aggregation structures.