Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Marine Microbes and Toxins Research Activities

Marine Microbes and Toxins Research Topics


Dr. Linda Rhodes
Program Manager
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Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD) is endemic among Pacific salmon. It is a persistent source of morbidity and mortality, and a major disease concern for both hatcheries and wildlife resources. The cause of BKD, Renibacterium salmoninarum, can be detected in most salmon stocks.

Knowledge about the biology of R. salmoninarum can provide tools for managing or treating BKD.