CORVALLIS, Ore. - The John L. Fryer Salmon Disease Lab at Oregon State University will commemorate its 25th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 2, offering tours of the facility and information about its contributions to our understanding of fish disease and aquatic health.

The event will be from 3-7 p.m. at 34347 N.E. Electric Road near the Trysting Tree Golf Club. It is free and open to the public, and will include a short program, special announcement, barbecue and refreshments, and live music from Wild Hog in the Woods.

The lab is named for John Fryer who started the fish disease research program at OSU.

"This facility is one of only several of its kind in the country, and provides OSU researchers a unique opportunity to study the factors affecting the health of salmon and other aquatic animals," said Jerri Bartholomew, director of the center and head of the OSU Department of Microbiology.

For the past 25 years, research scientists at the laboratory have made important strides to manage fish diseases in the region and worldwide. These include research on vaccines, treatments for serious bacterial and viral pathogens, a screening system to help eliminate bacterial kidney disease in hatcheries, and outlining the life cycles of two major parasite infections that plague Pacific Northwest fisheries.

Recent upgrades to the lab have expanded its capabilities, making it more relevant to studying disease interactions under a range of environmental conditions. They also allow studies on warmwater aquatic species, as well as on ecological and climate change questions.

This off-campus laboratory is supported by the Department of Microbiology, in the Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences. People interested in attending can call 541-737-0743 or email



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Jerri Bartholomew, 541-737-1856