U of M scientists map zebra mussel genome

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MINNEAPOLIS– Scientists at the University of Minnesota have mapped the zebra mussel genome.

The Star Tribune reports that the meticulous research done by U of M scientists may be able to find the genes that allow the mussel to survive and flourish, and also the genes that could lead to the collapse of their population in Minnesota waters.

According to the article, zebra mussels traveled to the U.S. in the ballasts of ocean freighters from Europe, first taking hold in Lake Erie and spreading across the Midwest almost immediately.

Once established, zebra mussels kill or out-compete native mussels, and consume the nutrients in a lake by filtering water, affecting other organisms’ food sources. 

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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