Fight Against Zebra Mussels Drives Innovative Scientific Research

Zebra mussels on clam shell
Monday, July 31, 2017

The Star Tribune has published a major, in-depth analysis of what the zebra mussel invasion means for Minnesota's waterways and what scientists are doing to combat it. Researchers from the University of Minnesota are leading the charge: Consortium member the Genomics Center "expects to release later this summer the first ever sequence of the entire genome of the highly invasive mollusk. . . . Scientists at the U’s BioTechnology Institute [also a Consortium member] . . . are awaiting the DNA profile to speed their hunt for a naturally occurring bacterium or parasite that will kill zebra mussels." The U of MN's Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are also key players in this complicated, high-stakes fight.