These silent invaders, the quagga and zebra mussels, have disrupted ecosystems by devouring phytoplankton, the foundation of the marine food web, and have clogged the water intakes and pipes of cities and towns, power plants, factories and even irrigated golf courses. Daniel P. Molloy, an emeritus biologist at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y. has developed a environmentally safe control agent to replace broad-spectrum chemical pesticides.
He discovered a bacterium, that kills the mussels but appears to have little or no effect on other organisms.The product, Zequanox, has been undergoing tests for several years, with promising results. Zequanox killed more than 90 % of the mussels in a test using tanks of water from Lake Carlos in Minnesota, said James Luoma, a research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in La Crosse, Wis. A control group of freshwater mussels was unharmed. Hopefully this product works and gets these invaders under control or get’s rid of them for good.