2021 Volume 56 Issue 1 Pages 18-21
We measured gene quantities of the abalone asfa-like virus (AbALV), which is presumed to be the pathogen of abalone amyotrophia, in various tissues of affected Japanese abalone (Haliotis discus discus) with a quantitative PCR. Large quantities of the gene were detected in any tissues or swabs from the body surface. No significant difference in the gene quantity was found among tissues, although the gene quantity in the hemolymph was lower. The virus was also detected by a conventional PCR from affected animals. These results indicate that both PCRs are capable of the detection of AbALV, in any tissues by the destructive test and in body surface mucus by the non-destructive test.