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NOAA and NSF commission national study of ocean acidification
The first comprehensive national study of how carbon dioxide emissions absorbed into the oceans may be altering fisheries, marine mammals, coral reefs, and other natural resources has been commissioned by NOAA and the National Science Foundation. (2008-10-22)

Study puts some mussels into Bay restoration
Research in Chesapeake Bay shows that the mussels that typically colonize a restored oyster reef can more than double the reef's overall filtration capacity. (2014-09-08)

Compound developed from mussels may lead to safer, more effective medical implants
Medical implants may soon get better at preventing life-threatening clogs and bacterial infections thanks to an unusual coating that is being developed from mussels, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The two-sided compound has a sticky side that attaches securely to implant surfaces, while its repellant side resists the build-up of harmful contaminants. (2003-04-07)

Are invasives bad? Not always, say Brown researchers
New research at Brown University challenges the notion that invasive species can't coexist with native animals. The researchers studied the Asian shore crab, which has proliferated along the Atlantic shore. In a paper in Ecology, the team explains why the crab has been successful in its new home without hurting native species. (2010-05-17)

Boat owners can fight barnacles with new eco-friendly method
A new eco-friendly method to fight the accumulation of barnacles on the hulls of boats and ships has been developed by Emiliano Pinori in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Gothenburg and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden in Borås. (2013-07-04)

Algal blooms hit the poor of India hard
The problem of toxic algae is not just confined to the Nordic countries -- in India algal blooms are threatening poor people's access to food and their livelihoods, a problem that has been exacerbated by global warming. With funding from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, researchers from the University of Gothenburg are to attempt to reduce the effects of algal blooms. (2010-05-31)

Aggressive aquatic species invading Great Lakes
Foreign species, such as zebra mussels and carp, are invading the Great Lakes and changing the ecology of this vital ecosystem. A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research suggests that for the round goby, a recently introduced fish species, their ability to wrest territory from native fish plays a key role in their dominance of the Great Lakes. (2005-03-10)

UConn researchers discover that 'red tide' species is deadlier than first thought
Researchers at the University of Connecticut have discovered that the plankton species Alexandrium tamarense - prominent in harmful algal blooms - contains not one, but two deadly toxins, with potential consequences for marine food chains. (2012-07-23)

A fishy change in diet
New McGill research suggests that a common freshwater fish, the yellow perch, is moving away from its traditional diet to one that is less nutritious and potentially poisonous. The consequences may be deadly to freshwater life and harmful to human food sources. (2004-09-23)

Lake George Water Is Death On Zebra Mussel Larvae
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that zebra mussel larvae die in water from New York's scenic Lake George. Researchers at Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) suspect that calcium levels in this important New York lake are too low for newborn zebra mussels to mature. (1998-10-13)

Bivalve family tree offers evolutionary clues
Florida State University researchers, along with an international team of scientists, have put together the most complete look to date of the evolutionary family tree of cardiid bivalves, commonly known as cockles and clams. (2015-11-23)

UC Davis Tahoe report says Asian clam invasion is growing fast
Released today, UC Davis' annual Lake Tahoe health report describes a spreading Asian clam population that could put sharp shells and rotting algae on the spectacular mountain lake's popular beaches, possibly aid an invasion of quagga and zebra mussels, and even affect lake clarity and ecology. (2009-08-18)

PSU study finds 'caffeinated' coastal waters
A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon -- though not necessarily where researchers expected. This study is the first to look at caffeine pollution off the Oregon coast. (2012-07-18)

Bureau of Reclamation invests $9.2 million in water and power research
Following a year of record drought, water managers throughout the west are searching for information and ideas to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply. To meet this growing need for information, Bureau of Reclamation Principal Deputy Commissioner Estevan López announced today that Reclamation has awarded $9.2 million for 131 research projects. (2014-11-19)

The petroleum umbrella
Several companies are extracting black gold - petroleum - from the North Sea. But scientists are questioning this activity and asking if this activity has environmental consequences. By law, these companies are obliged to carry out annual analyses. (2005-04-04)

Ominous signs of cryptic marine invasions
Cryptic stowaways in fouling communities or ballast water of seagoing ships may look exactly like local marine animals. But a comparison of brittlestars reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that human-aided dispersal gradually blurs important genetic distinctions between once-isolated groups. (2002-05-10)

Finicky snails provide new clues to the evolution of coastal ecosystems
Mussels have long been a favorite of seafood lovers. But it turns out that inch-long marine snails can be pickier than people. Scientists have found that snails off the Oregon coast refuse to eat a species of mussel that California snails eagerly prey on - a culinary preference that appears to an inherited trait. (2003-05-15)

Freshwater Sponges May Pose Threat To Zebra Mussels
While studying a recent increase in freshwater sponges in Lake Erie, researchers at Ohio State University found that the sponges were smothering zebra mussels in some areas, eventually killing them. Researchers first noticed the increase in sponges in 1993 while studying an artificial reef built near Lorain, Ohio (1996-06-04)

Edible bivalves as a source of human pathogens: signals between vibrios and the bivalve host.
Clams, mussels and oysters are important vehicles for the transmission of enteric diseases when consumed raw or undercooked. Vibrio species, including human pathogens, are particularly abundant in bivalve tissues, where they can persist even after cleaning procedures, thus representing a potential risk for human health. (2005-05-25)

Common household fragrances may be harming aquatic wildlife, study finds
Those fragrant soaps and shampoos we casually rinse down the drain may be causing long-term damage to aquatic wildlife downstream by interfering with the animals' natural ability to eliminate toxins from their system, according to a new Stanford University study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (2004-10-28)

Mollusk research center will propagate endangered species
A new Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center has been established at Virginia Tech to study and propagate some of the 70 endangered mussel species in the United States. (2004-10-20)

Shellfish and inkjet printers may hold key to faster healing from surgeries
Using the natural glue that marine mussels use to stick to rocks, and a variation on the inkjet printer, a team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has devised a new way of making medical adhesives that could replace traditional sutures and result in less scarring, faster recovery times and increased precision for exacting operations such as eye surgery. (2009-03-18)

Geoscientist Denis Scholz appointed to a Heisenberg Professorship funded by the DFG
Junior Professor Denis Scholz of the Institute of Geosciences at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has been appointed to a Heisenberg Professorship by the German Research Foundation. The expert in speleothem research will thus hold a chair that will be funded for the next five years by the DFG and will subsequently be a permanently established professorship at Mainz University. (2015-11-16)

New national map shows relative risk for zebra and quagga mussel invasion
Based on published reports of the zebra and quagga mussels preferred habitats and needs for survival, Thomas Whittier, Paul Ringold, and colleagues created a map to better determine where the species may appear next, in their paper (2007-12-03)

Haag honored with Presidential Early Career Scientists Award
US Forest Service Southern Research Station Fisheries Research Biologist Wendell Haag, Ph.D., received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers during a ceremony today at the White House. Haag was among the nearly 70 scientists and engineers receiving the award, which is the highest honor that a young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States. (2008-12-19)

Biologists find diatom to reduce red tide's toxicity
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that a diatom can reduce the levels of the red tide's toxicity to animals and that the same diatom can reduce its toxicity to other algae as well. (2008-08-20)

Sticky mussels inspire biomedical engineer yet again
Mussels are well known for sticking to virtually all inorganic and organic surfaces and doing so with amazing tenacity. Northwestern University researchers already have developed a material that mimics the strength of the bonds; now they have produced a versatile coating method that mimics the mussels' ability to attach to a wide variety of objects. A broad variety of materials can be coated and functionalized through the application of a surface layer of polydopamine. (2007-10-18)

Silicone foul release coatings show promise to manage invasive mussels at water facilities
Reclamation has found that silicone foul release coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. Allen D. Skaja, Ph.D., PCS, of Reclamation's Technical Service Center tested more than 50 coatings and metal alloys over three years at Parker Dam on the Colorado River. (2012-08-21)

Scientists uncover secrets of starfish's bizarre feeding mechanism
Scientists have identified a molecule that enables starfish to carry out one of the most remarkable forms of feeding in the natural world. (2013-08-01)

At ACS' national meeting, global initiative set to tackle water issues
The Global Innovation Imperatives project swung into motion Sunday with experts gathering for their first session at the American Chemical Society's 235th national meeting in New Orleans. Gii, a joint collaboration between the ACS Committee on Corporation Associates and the Society of Chemical Industry, seeks to combat worldwide health, environmental and societal issues by developing science-based solutions, particularly those relating to chemistry. (2008-04-07)

Muscling their way into the food chain: Zebra mussels alter fish populations in the Hudson River
In response to the zebra mussel invasion, Strayer and colleagues have discovered commercially important open-water fish species, like the American shad, are declining in the Hudson River. This is the first study to link the spread of the zebra mussel with fish management in the Hudson River. (2004-08-17)

Prehistoric decline of freshwater mussels tied to large-scale maize cultivation
USDA Forest Service (FS) research suggests that a decline in the abundance of freshwater mussels about 1000 years ago may have been caused the large-scale cultivation of maize by Native Americans. (2005-06-07)

University Of Georgia Scientists Release 15,000 Fingerlings In Effort To Save Fish From Extinction
A dramatic rescue mission that could save a river-dwelling fish from extinction takes a major step in mid-November when scientists from the University of Georgia and other agencies release some 15,000 fingerlings into northeast Georgia's Broad River (1996-11-08)

Same species responds differently to same warming, depending on location
Based on current trends for both air and water temperatures, by 2100 the body temperatures of California mussels -- found along thousands of miles of coast in the northeast Pacific Ocean and not just in California -- could increase between about 2 degrees F and 6.5 F depending on where they live. (2006-06-05)

Saving space
According to a recent study, predicting the impact of climate change on organisms is more complicated than simply looking at species northern and southern range limits. Studying the California Sea Mussel -- Mytilus californianus -- Brian Helmuth (University of South Carolina) and colleagues from the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of British Columbia-Vancouver and Oregon State University measured body temperatures of this mussel along most of its range, from Washington to Southern California. (2006-11-14)

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