2015 Research Highlights from MAISRC
What a year!
From Asian carp to zebra mussels and with a lot of other aquatic invasive species in between, the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center had many accomplishments in 2015.
- Partnered with the University of Minnesota Genomics Center to sequence the zebra mussel genome to determine pathways of spread and ultimately to better understand weaknesses that can be targeted for prevention and control
- Learned valuable lessons about zebra mussel treatment options at Christmas Lake
- Made preliminary recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding simple changes that can be implemented at locks and dams – including altering gate heights and adding sound deterrents – to help prevent the spread of Asian carp
- Advanced from lab to field trials to test new Judas fish and eDNA techniques for Asian carp detection and control
- Discovered how to exploit common carp migration patterns to inform and improve control efforts in complex watersheds
- Hired a professor of aquatic plant management to develop a new research and outreach program on invasive plants, including starry stonewort and Eurasian watermilfoil
- Determined that low-dose, early-season endothall treatments are successful at controlling curlyleaf pondweed populations without measurable negative effects on the native plant community
Viruses and bacteria:
- Created a model that identified the susceptibility of inland Minnesota lakes to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHS)
- Began an effort to identify the threats to harvestable fish in Minnesota posed by Heterosporis in order to inform management efforts
Plus, we're working hard to get information out to you: we hosted nearly 200 stakeholders at our second annual Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase, and in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension are ramping up our volunteer and training programs to improve the state's capacity to respond to AIS threats.
Stay in touch all year round by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and visiting our website. Thank you for all you do to protect Minnesota's cherished lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Happy New Year!