Is It Time For New Tactics – Minnesota Researchers Weigh Genetic Warfare Against Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels are a fast growing problem for numerous waterways throughout the upper Midwest. Spreading all the way from their native home in the lakes of southern Russia and the Ukraine, this aquatic invasive species has even made its way to the shores of Lake Yankton and the Missouri River.

While prevention still remains the best method for trying to control the spread of these aquatic invaders, researchers at the University of Minnesota are exploring other methods to combat zebra mussels.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

“Genetic biocontrol grew out of two things,” McCartney said. “In part, it is a product of the research we’ve done to study the spread of zebra mussels. We had to develop all these genetic markers that we use, and some of them required that we actually go into the genome of the animal. Through that process, we found that the genome of the zebra mussels hadn’t been fully sequenced yet.”

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