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Laura E. Petes, Alicia J. Brown and Carley R. Knight Impacts of upstream drought and water withdrawals on the health and survival of downstream estuarine oyster populations Ecology and Evolution 2

Article first published online: 20 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.291

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This study investigated the impacts of drought-related reductions in freshwater input on downstream estuarine oysters in the southeastern United States. Oysters suffered high disease-related mortality under high-salinity, drought conditions, and large oysters of commercially harvestable size were particularly susceptible. These findings have important implications for watershed and estuarine management, which will become increasingly challenging due to climate change and future population growth.

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