The EURL has to provide opportunities of training in laboratory diagnosis of mollusc diseases by organizing workshops.
Ten technical workshops have been organised by the EURL for Mollusc Diseases since 1997. These events include technical training on one or two diagnostic techniques for the detection of European and exotic mollusc diseases. First workshops mainly focused on the detection of listed diseases by histology whereas last ones included both histological and molecular methods.
In 2013, the technical Workshop focused on the detection of mollusc diseases by histology and on the detection of Bonamia spp. and Marteilia spp. by in situ hybridization (picture). The training was organised in the Ifremer Pathology and Genetics Laboratory in La Tremblade.
The 10th technical Workshop was organised on the 18th and 19th of March 2015 in La Tremblade. This event concerned the isolation and detection of Vibrio aestuarianus by Real Time PCR. It also included a session on the histological observation of oysters infected with V. aestuarianus and OsHV-1µVar. Participants had time to observe histological slides by themselves and could perform bacteria isolation (picture) and Real Time PCR assays by group of 2 to 3. Standard operating procedures used during this technical workshop are available in the SOPs page.