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University of Maryland and Living Marine Resources Cooperative Research Center

AFSC scientist Frank Morado was invited to participate in a workshop to provide an opportunity for scientists and students affiliated with the National Science Foundation Centers of Research Excellence in Science & Technology Center at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to engage in discussions with key stakeholders, including academics, scientists, and policy makers from federal and state agencies about research that will be conducted in Maryland coastal waters over the next 5 years.

A sub-project of the grant is an epizootiological study of a parasitic dinoflagellate, Hematodinium sp., in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.

Frank provided an overview on Hematodinium-related diseases of crustaceans as an introduction to a presentation by Dr. Joseph Pitula of UMES on continuing collaborative but contrasting Hematodinium research.

The UMES is the lead institution in a consortium of six minority-serving institutions that includes Delaware State University, Hampton University, Savannah State University, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute Center of Marine Biotechnology, and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. This consortium, The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Research Center (LMRCRC), was established in 2001 in partnership with NOAA.

By Frank Morado

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