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Here is a new video podcast Chris did for the science website called MicrobeWorld. Since it concerns the Chesapeake Bay we thought Hyattsville residents who are "green", or just like eating local oysters, may be interested in it.

Since the introduction of MSX and Dermo in the 1950âs, two infectious diseases that played a large role in the decline the Chesapeake Bayâs oyster population, several oyster hatcheries along the Eastern seaboard are working with scientists across many fields to develop innovative restoration programs. One idea is to introduce a non-native oyster from China called Crassostrea ariakensis.

This video podcast focuses on current research underway with C. ariakensis, the potential risk of new diseases that could affect the Bayâs ecology and/or human health, the attitudes of Marylandâs watermen toward the oysters' possible introduction, and the role of local, state and federal policy.

Special thanks goes out to the DC Science Writers Association, The Marian Koshland Science Museum and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Scienceâs Horn Point Laboratory for helping with the logistics and planning of the shoot.