Control and management of priority species – new and better options

Learn more about MAISRC's research projects on the control and management of AIS by clicking on their title below. Click here to learn about MAISRC research projects on detecting AIS and preventing the establishment of AIS. Funding for these projects is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative – Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), unless otherwise noted.

Current projects:

Characterizing starry stonewort phenology, growth conditions, and impacts to guide management – Dan Larkin

Adapting stream barriers to remove invasive fish during their seasonal migrations – Przemek Bajer

Cost-effective monitoring of lakes newly infested with zebra mussels – John Fieberg

Building scientific and management capacity to respond to invasive Phragmites (common reed) in Minnesota – Dan Larkin

Genome sequencing and analysis to select target genes and strategies for genetic biocontrol – Mike McCartney

Field evaluation of toxicity of low-dose molluscicide treatments for zebra mussel veligers – Mike McCartney

Temperature-dependent toxicity of molluscicides to zebra mussels – James Luoma

Genetic control of invasive fish species – Michael Smanski

Risk assessment, control, and restoration research on aquatic invasive plant species – Dan Larkin

Citizen science and professional training programs to support AIS response – Dan Larkin

Metagenomic approaches to develop biological control strategies for aquatic invasive species – Michael Sadowsky

Common carp management using biocontrol and toxins – Przemek Bajer

Exploring whether native pathogens can be used to control AIS – Nick Phelps

Restoration and maintenance of native macrophytes in lakes – Ray Newman

Completed projects:


Toxicity of antifreeze to zebra and quagga mussels
– Nick Phelps

Developing and implementing a sustainable program to control common carp – Przemek Bajer and Peter Sorensen

Developing food attractants for silver carp that can be used to induce aggregation and control them – Peter Sorensen

Adult Common Carp movement in Rice Creek Watershed – Peter Sorensen

Developing and evaluating new techniques to selectively control invasive plants – Ray Newman

Six Mile Creek carp assessment – Peter Sorensen