Reference Material for National Reference Laboratories

 Collection of reference material

The EURL is maintaining several sample collections including: paraffin blocks, histological slides, DNA samples, tissue samples, bacterial strains, perkinsus cell cultures, electronic microscopy blocks, and digitized histological slides available through the mScope software (see below ).  This task is of a central importance in the duties of the EURL.

Those collections include material covering the main pathogens of molluscs found in Europe and more broadly in the world : Bonamia ostreae, B. exitiosa, B. perspora, B. roughleyi, Bonamia isolates from Chile and from Argentina, Marteilia refringens, M. sydneyi, M. cochillia, Marteilia isolates from Ruditapes philippinarum, Marteilioïde chungmuensis, Perkinsus olseni, P. marinus, P. chesapeaki, P. qugwadi, Haplosporidium nelsoni, H. costale, H. armoricanum, Haplosporidium sp., Mikrocytos mackini, Mikrocytos mimicus, Mikrocytos sp., Vibrio tapetis, V. harveyi, V. aestuarianus, Vibrio spp., Nocardia crassostreae, Xenohaliotis californiensis, Minchinia tapetis, Iridovirus, OsHV-1 and OsHV-1 µvar, Abalone herpes virus ...

 Scanned histological slides

Since 2009, mScope ®, a tool for training in histology and relying on some virtual slides, is accessible under the NRLs section (Slide viewer). This tool allows accessing reference histological scanned slides including the main diseases of molluscs but also a wide range of parasites or lesions that can be observed by histology. These slides cover several mollusc species of the genera Cerastoderma, Chlamys, Crassostrea, Haliotis, Mytilus, Ostrea or Ruditapes. Some of these slides include annotations showing pathogens or lesions. Additionally, the slides from former Inter Laboratory Comparison tests in histology are also made available to NRLs for self-training.

Request for reference material

For material request, please click on the "Request" section below.