MAISRC focuses its research efforts on species that have been prioritized based on their proximity to Minnesota, pathway of spread, and impact. This list of high risk/high priority species is updated annually with the help of a 9-member inter-organizational Technical Committee (MTC) and with input from the Center’s Advisory Board and the Center’s faculty members.
Active research is underway at MAISRC on many of these species. We will expand our research to additional priority species as funding and partnership opportunities become available.
Species currently being researched at MAISRC:
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are one of the most widespread invasive freshwater animals in the world. Their huge populations attach to hard surfaces, clog intake pipes for water treatment and power generating plants, encrust boat motors and hulls, and their sharp shells cut swimmer’s feet. They can smother and cause extinctions of native bivalve mollusks. Learn more.
Spiny waterflea (Bythotrephes longimanus) are a microscopic freshwater zooplankton that invade lakes and can take over the bottom of the food chain, disturbing the ecology of the lake and presenting a serious potential threat to Minnesota lakes. They can decimate populations of Daphnia and other native zooplankton resulting in a decreased food source for native fish and an increase in algal blooms. They can also clog the eyelets of fishing rods, causing problems for recreationalists. Learn more.