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Science Takes On a Silent Invader (quagga mussels and zebra mussels)
NY Times ^ | FEB. 24, 2014 | ROBERT H. BOYLE

Posted on 02/28/2014 1:51:59 PM PST by neverdem

Since they arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s, two species of mussels the size of pistachios have spread to hundreds of lakes and rivers in 34 states and have done vast economic and ecological damage.

These silent invaders, the quagga and zebra mussels, have disrupted ecosystems by devouring phytoplankton, the foundation of the aquatic food web, and have clogged the water intakes and pipes of cities and towns, power plants, factories and even irrigated golf courses.

Now the mussels may have met their match: Daniel P. Molloy, an emeritus biologist at the New York State Museum in Albany and a self-described “Bronx boy who became fascinated by things living in water.”

Inspired by Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” in high school, Dr. Molloy, now 66, has long been a pioneer in the development of environmentally safe control agents to replace broad-spectrum chemical pesticides.

Leading a team at the museum’s Cambridge Field Research Laboratory in upstate New York, he discovered a bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens strain CL145A, that kills the mussels but appears to have little or no effect on other organisms...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Testing; US: New York
KEYWORDS: biology; invasivespecies; microbiology; pseudomonas; zebramussels
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IIRC, the NY Times had a story about ocean going ships dumping ballast water with zebra mussels in the Hudson River not far from Albany, NY about 2 decades ago.
1 posted on 02/28/2014 1:52:00 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
That's how they came to the Great Lakes. One benefit, they clean up the water dramatically, and game fish have managed to coexist.
2 posted on 02/28/2014 1:55:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Wonder what they taste like? Feed people, kill two birds.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 1:59:32 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: hinckley buzzard

Yeah, I was shocked having come back to Chicago after being away for over a decade and seeing how clear the water in Lake Michigan was. Visability was more then 40 feet.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 1:59:34 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: All

I don’t need to hear about Rachel Carson. DDT, used often enough, also breads resistance in the pests we don’t want, e.g. mosquitoes. It’s easy to Google DDT resitance.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 2:02:01 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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It’s easy to Google DDT resistance. Forgive the typo.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 2:04:18 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

These thing are bad and really mess with intakes at power plants and elsewhere. Once they are in a watershed or river system, their progress is unstoppable -— until now, it appears.

Great if it works.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 2:06:20 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Round Goby is another invasive species in the great lakes. Eat a lot of game fish eggs.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 2:07:33 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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9 posted on 02/28/2014 2:11:38 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

DDT is one of the most maligned chemicals around and does NOT cause eggshell thinning like the pseudo science once claimed. A small amount of powered DDT will protect an African hut from malaria carrying mosquitoes for a year.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 2:37:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: neverdem

Do they taste good? If so, there’s an opportunity.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 2:43:15 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: neverdem
It’s easy to Google DDT resistance. Forgive the typo.

Typo forgiven; go and sin no more. But Google is part of the enemy camp.

12 posted on 02/28/2014 2:45:05 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I don’t see the problem. Water in Lake Erie is clean and clear. As a kid, I remember it being muddy and murky - its now very attractive to swim in.

I have seen no drop off in sport fish - in fact, I see more bass and walleye, and fewer annoying sheepshead near shore. Seaweed still grows in the same protected coves and inlets as it used to as well.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 2:46:11 PM PST by PGR88
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But Google is part of the enemy camp.

Sadly all major internet portals are controlled by libertarians or progressives....

14 posted on 02/28/2014 2:47:10 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: neverdem
Maybe there is hope.

Today, for the first time since the 1800s, there are no commercial fishing boats operating out of Milwaukee. The boats are gone because the fish are gone.

15 posted on 02/28/2014 3:11:50 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: PGR88
I don’t see the problem.
Not being one of the affected parties, I wondered the same. Granted they are a major PITA for intake pipes, but . . . do they kill off local fisheries or other critters? It seems to me that "Dr. Strayer said, adding that they filtered 'a volume of water equal to that of all the water in the estuary every one to four days.' would be a major asset in closed water systems that are heavily polluted. IOW, is only a problem for the utilities, et al, or are fish and game areas also adversely affected?

"There were no natural enemies to keep them in check."
Aye, there's the rub, when they invade open systems.

16 posted on 02/28/2014 3:21:10 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: neverdem

Now, if only we could get the FIBs to close off the Illinois River to keep the Asian Carp from getting into Lake Michigan.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 3:22:31 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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A good subspecies of Pseudomonas is lethal to these silent invaders.

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18 posted on 02/28/2014 3:54:52 PM PST by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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DH boats in California and Nevada and they ALWAYS do through checks of his fishing boat and recreational craft — says they’re looking for those mussels.

In “Life After People” it showed that the intake valves for the hydropower Hoover Dam have to be “blown out” every once in a while because of invasive “Eurasian” quagga mussels and without people, the power would eventually go off.

They’ve also invaded David, Mojave and Parker dams.


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