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Web Date: March 30, 2011

Musseling Out Algae

Water Quality: Invasive mussels may turn the Great Lakes into a biological desert
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Great Lakes, algal production, silica, algal blooms, diatoms, invasive species

Anglers are pulling up fewer and smaller fish from the Great Lakes than they did a decade ago.  Now a new study reveals that algal growth has dropped dramatically in the open water of Lakes Michigan and Huron (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es103892w).  The research suggests that invasive mussels are depleting the base of the lakes' food chain by consuming most of the algae. The researchers . . .

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