Genomic resource development for shellfish of conservation concern

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We recently published the sequenced transcriptomes (suite of expressed genes) of pinto abalone and Olympia oyster in the journal Molecular Ecology Resources. The focus of this study was to identify genomic resources to aid conservation efforts for these two native shellfish species. Historic commercial exploitation has depleted native populations of pinto abalone and Olympia oyster along the west coast of the United States. Habitat degradation and climate change have contributed towards inhibited recovery of both species. A better understanding of the species’ transcriptomes and genomes can contribute towards characterizing what kinds of stressors they are encountering that could inhibit restoration efforts.