Thanks to all who attended MAISRC’s ribbon-cutting ceremony!
The students, staff, faculty, and researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center would like to thank everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at our newly renovated Lab and Holding Facility on Wednesday!
Approximately 100 people joined us on campus to get an inside-peek at the 10,000-square foot facility. CFANS Dean Brian Buhr, University Regent Thomas Devine, and state representatives Alice Hausman, Cindy Pugh, and Rick Hansen did the honors of inaugurating our first fish into its new tank.
The new space – with nearly one hundred fish tanks and aquaria, four plant growth chambers, four living streams, and dedicated space for research on invasive plants, invertebrates, fish, and pathogens – will be home to cutting-edge research on zebra mussels, curly-leaf pondweed, heterosporis, Asian carp, and more.
At the ceremony, Regent Devine spoke about his personal connection with aquatic invasive species, particularly how research on common carp has helped control the nuisance fish and improve lake conditions near his home. Dean Buhr thanked the project’s funders and spoke about the importance of partnerships in addressing invasive species problems.
Finally, MAISRC director Susan Galatowitsch laid out a few key highlights of what makes the lab special, including why much of it is painted black (to mimic underwater conditions for fish), the unique lighting for plant growth, and the water supply and filtration system that ensures all water is safely treated on the way out so that no AIS escape.
If you missed the event, you can catch up by watching these videos from WCCO and Kare11. Plus, check out more photos from the event on Facebook and on Twitter. Learn more about the specifics of the lab here, and check out some of MAISRC's research highlights since 2012 here.
This project was made possible through funding from the 2014 Minnesota legislature, the University of Minnesota, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and the Clean Water Fund.