Immune response genes and pathogen presence predict migration survival in wild salmon smolts.

@article{Jeffries2014ImmuneRG,
  title={Immune response genes and pathogen presence predict migration survival in wild salmon smolts.},
  author={Ken M. Jeffries and Scott G. Hinch and Marika Kirstin Gale and Timothy D Clark and Andrew G. Lotto and Matthew T. Casselman and Shaorong Li and Erin L. Rechisky and Aswea D. Porter and David W. Welch and Kristina M. Miller},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={23 23},
  pages={5803-15}
}
We present the first data to link physiological responses and pathogen presence with subsequent fate during migration of wild salmonid smolts. We tagged and non-lethally sampled gill tissue from sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolts as they left their nursery lake (Chilko Lake, BC, Canada) to compare gene expression profiles and freshwater pathogen loads with migration success over the first ~1150 km of their migration to the North Pacific Ocean using acoustic telemetry. Fifteen per cent… CONTINUE READING
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