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Continued Sampling of Tabanid Populations as Indicators of Acute and Potentially Chronic Effects of Oil Spill Stress on Coastal Marsh Health

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Louisiana State University Agricultural Center


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Environmental Research

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Immediately after the BP oil spill, we have conducted studies supported by an NSF RAPID grant (July1, 2010 - June 30, 2011) on the abundance and genetic diversity of tabanid (horse fly) populations along coastal Louisiana that established baseline data for measuring the impact of the oil spill. We have shown that tabanid populations crashed in oil-impacted areas and we have developed microsatellites for population genetic studies to monitor impact and recovery (see below).


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