Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
By playing the sounds of healthy reefs, we can draw oysters back to the barrens where their reefs once stood.
Leaf oysters can form reefs, produce mauve pearls, and reach the size of a dinner plate. They’ve been ignored for far too long.
Like many marine species, oysters are affected by nanoplastics that pollute the oceans.
Nanoplastics and arsenic can affect some of the most basic functions of oysters.
Bushfires not only destroy things on land, they can also have an impact on our seafood industry including our oyster farms.
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Coral reefs get a lot of attention, but the world has lost almost all of its vital oyster reefs in the last few centuries.
Gulf Coast oysters on the half shell at Wintzell’s, Mobile, Ala.
Oysters are big business along the Gulf Coast, but raising them off-bottom – which yields a premium product – is just starting there. Hurricane Michael showed it won’t be easy.
Eating raw oysters can put you at risk of food-borne illnesses, such as norovirus, hepatitis A and salmonella. And, sadly, hot sauce, lemon juice and alcohol do not reduce the risks.
In the wake of a norovirus outbreak traced to raw oysters from British Columbia, our expert explains how to eat this culinary delicacy safely.
Oysters can do a lot more than they’re given credit for.
Oysters aren’t just good for a feed. They also give a vital boost to coastal ecosystems, which is why efforts are underway to restore Australia’s once-abundant oyster reefs to their former glory.
Colleen Burge counts oysters on an oyster aquaculture lease in California.
Oysters grow in seawater and filter their food from it, so how do you shield them from waterborne diseases? Scientists are working to develop strains that are resistant to a fast-spreading herpes virus.
Mud oysters played a largely unappreciated part in Australia’s history.
In colonial times Australia’s waters were teeming with mud oysters that provided food, cement, and cleaned the oceans. Now a 20-hectare man-made reef aims to restore some of their former glory.
The mussel hustle.
Shellfish will have more brittle shells as oceans get more acidic – making them more vulnerable to predators. New research gives a fascinating glimpse into how they will adapt.
Sydney oysters could help scientists properly gauge the health of our waterways. Researchers placed rock-oysters in 10 estuaries…
Plankton might cause the spread of a herpes-like virus in oysters. The oyster virus is a branch of the herpes virus, but…
Oysters can still play an important role in romance, even though they aren’t an aphrodisiac.
The stuff of romance novels or a secret tool to give you a boost in the bedroom? We start the year by examining the truth about oysters. Holly gazed around in awe. Rory had brought her to a tiny waterfront…