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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.

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Comments on: "May Have A Way To Kill Zebra Mussels" (2)

  1. Very good news….1st I have heard of this!

    • I hope this works so it’s a way to control them or get rid of them. Kind of like they did with the lamprey in Lake Superior. Reinhard

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