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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)

Cat parasite killing otters; Michigan's perch pressured; HACCP for medicine
Highlights of this News and Notes include: Researchers believe parasite in cats is killing California otters; ruffe invasion of Michigan spells trouble for yellow perch; and a seafood HACCP model for new medical industry safety and quality push. (2002-12-17)

Global warming has uneven effect on coastal animals
Although it is expected that populations of many organisms will move away from the equator and toward the poles to stay cool during global warming, researchers have found that the intertidal zone does not exactly fit this pattern. A study published in this week's Science Magazine indicates that there may be (2002-10-31)

Is being big clam on the block a factor in species success?
Body size is one of the most important biological characteristics in the study of organisms, telling a researcher a lot about how a particular animal lives and interacts with it's environment and with other species. But a study of ancient marine life forms suggest that body size may not be directly related to evolutionary or ecological success. (2002-10-25)

Japanese shore crabs invade Penobscot Bay, Maine
Japanese shore crabs, square-shaped crustaceans that pose a direct threat to soft-shell (steamer) clams, mussels, and possibly lobsters, were discovered July 13, 2002, by Cornell University marine biologists in Owl's Head, Maine, in Penobscot Bay. (2002-07-18)

Bacterial control of zebra mussels, low power radio
Sea Grant research points to new bacterial toxin as possible zebra mussel control; Zebra mussel spread a boater and fishing concern; Low power radio effect communication tool. (2002-06-10)

Study of aquatic mussels indicates they may yield new antifouling materials, surgical adhesives
A possible role in surgical adhesion for aquatic mussels is among research topics to be discussed at the 34th annual Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, June 2-4, at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome and the McNamara Alumni Center, in Minneapolis. (2002-06-04)

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)

Endangered freshwater mussels saved
Saving endangered mussels is vital because mussels are the natural biological filters in the river system. In the past four years, Richard Neves, professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences at Virginia Tech, has propagated more than a quarter million endangered mussels and returned them to the wild. (2002-03-08)

Deep sea creatures collected for studies
Sea animals that live deep in the ocean near hot water vents, and rarely brought to the surface for study, were recently brought to University of California, Santa Barbara by James Childress, a professor of biology and an authority on deep-sea organisms. Fifteen scarlet-colored tube worms, 12 white crabs, and 30 yellow mussels are now on the campus in tanks that simulate the pressure of the deep ocean (2002-01-31)

Battling the barnacle
For as long as we've been putting boats in water, we've been battling those pesky critters that want to attach themselves for a free ride. The ubiquitous, determined barnacle -- not to mention tubeworms, oysters, algae, and an array of other invertebrates -- has long been the bane of many a fleet and flotilla. Pitch, copper, oils, gums, pesticides, silicone, arsenic... over the centuries all have been tried, and none have completely solved the problem. Now the Navy is getting imaginative.... (2001-12-17)

The ecological consequences of 'promiscuous' boating
First appearing in North American waters in 1988, the Eurasian zebra mussel has rapidly colonized freshwater systems and can now be found in all of the Great Lakes as well as rivers large and small across the United States and Canada. Researchers have long assumed that transient recreational boating provides a conduit for zebra mussels to be transported to inland lakes. A new study published in the December issue of Ecological Applications provides insight into the ecological risks posed by this popular recreational activity. (2001-12-06)

Radio waves stop marine pests dead in their tracks
A new method for killing zebra mussels, which cause millions of dollars in damage to boats and power plants, will be described during the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Chicago, August 26-30. The technique uses low energy radio waves that cause the mussels to lose essential minerals, such as the calcium they need to maintain their shells. (2001-08-28)

Magazine article by Rutgers researcher details revival of life after deep-sea volcanic eruption
In an article appearing in the September-October issue of American Science magazine, a Rutgers researcher describes how life quickly revived around hydrothermal vents on the Pacific Ocean floor after a lava flow had appeared to exterminate it. (2001-08-23)

Research on extreme environments in Gulf of Mexico web-cast in July; results could lead to new information on global warming
Little is known about microbial processes in extreme environments, but a team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, will travel to the Gulf in July and take a tiny submersible to the ocean bottom to learn more about processes that could have a major impact on such issues as the health of the seas and global warming. Research will be web-cast live. (2001-07-02)

Rensselaer effort to 'pull mussels' at Lake George looks promising
The number of zebra mussels found in Lake George has declined dramatically since last year, when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers and volunteers began manually pulling the troublesome mollusks from the water. (2001-06-10)

URI professor investigates the muscle behind blue mussels
The blue mussel clings to life by a thread. Make that about 80 byssal threads in the winter and 30 or so threads in the summer, but you get the idea that life for these hard-shelled mollusks is quite dramatic. (2001-05-22)

Seabirds still not recovered from Exxon oil spill
Most seabird populations hit by the Exxon Valdex oil spill in Alaska have still to show signs of recovery over a decade after the disaster. Scientists in Anchorage say that the pollution from the spill is still hitting wildlife hard, going against claims of both Exxon and other researchers. (2001-05-01)

Researchers receive federal funds to study marine organisms and potential products on oil platforms
A treasure trove of biological material, in the array of marine organisms -- from starfish to mussels to sponges -- attached to oil platforms or living around them, will be studied intensively in a search for potential medicines and products, as a result of a cooperative agreement and award from the U. S. Department of Interioras part of President Clinton's oceans initiative. The potential medicines include anti-cancer and anti-inflammation agents. (2000-09-26)

Zebra mussel impact on microbenthic community low in Lake Erie
Ohio Sea Grant research by Robert Heath at Kent State University and Joseph Balczon of Westminster College, has found that unlike other aquatic nuisance species, zebra mussels may have little effect on microbenthic organisms in Lake Erie. (2000-09-18)

Unusual mussels may use whale bones en route to hot sea-floor vents
University of Hawaii scientists and colleagues have linked mussels growing on whale-bone falls with those at undersea hydrothermal vents. The work may explain the evolution of unusual life forms in the deep sea and has yielded novel bacteria that may be useful to humans. (2000-02-16)

Mass extinction of freshwater species in North America
The first estimate of extinction rates of North America's freshwater animals shows that they are the most endangered group on the continent. (1999-09-29)

Seafood was brain food, says researcher
The first humans may have been beach-dwellers foraging for shellfish, not grassland hunter-gatherers, says a University of Toronto scientist. (1999-08-30)

Studies Document Ease Of Ecosystem Disruption
Two new studies suggest that ecosystems can be far more vulnerable than often assumed, subject to disruption by fairly small environmental changes or loss of (1999-03-25)

Virginia Tech Fisheries Professor Works To Conserve Mussels
Mussels have been filtering rivers for millennia. They are also a food for fish and wildlife, an indicator for water quality, and a raw material for the pearl industry. And they are the most endangered family of animals in the nation. Virginia Tech fisheries professor Richard Neves' research is helping to save mussels worldwide. (1998-12-17)

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)

Fish Farmers Must Learn Zebra Mussel Prevention From A To Z
Looking back at the tens of millions of dollars of damage the miniature mollusk has inflicted on industrial and municipal water users, it's no wonder aquaculture managers are wondering when it's their turn. In response, Sea Grant has published a series of fact sheets to help aquaculturists prevent or control a zebra mussel infestation. (1998-05-21)

Study Shows Zebra Mussels Can Colonize Sand And Mud
Researchers have found that zebra mussels have built colonies on the sandy and muddy bottom of Lake Erie, a habitat previously thought incapable of supporting the animals. Since debut in the mid-1980s, researchers believed that these bivalves could only colonize hard, underwater surfaces such as rocks, clams and runoff pipes. (1998-05-06)

Mussels Muscling In, Crabs Pinching Native Species
Scientists from Sea Grant and NOAA are holding a competition to encourage examination of alternative technologies that can keep marine marauders in their home waters. (1998-04-29)

Zebra Mussels Are Spreading Rapidly, USGS Reports
Zebra mussels expanded their range in the past year, invading 11 new lakes in the Great Lakes region and dramatically increasing in Lake Champlain, according to U.S. Geological Survey biologists. (1997-09-18)

Wonder Thread: UD Scientists Report First Protein With Collagen And Elastin-Like Domains
Five times tougher and 16 times more extensible than a human tendon, the leathery, yet amazingly stretchy collagen threads produced by marine mussels might someday suggest strategies for developing better artificial skin and other biomimetic materials, say University of Delaware researchers whose work appears in the Sept. 19 issue of Science. The paper describes (1997-09-18)

Researchers Use New Device To Control Zebra Mussels In Water Intake Pipes
Ohio University Researchers have invented a mechanical device that controls zebra mussels by lowering the oxygen level in water. In field tests of the apparatus at a water treatment facility in a Cleveland suburb, the scientists found that zebra musselswere unable to attach to pipes in this oxygen-controlled environment (1997-06-02)

Monitoring Of DNA Strand Breakage In Freshwater Mussels Offers A New Way To Detect Pollution, University of Georgia Study Says
Scientists have known for several decades that bivalves such as freshwater mussels readily accumulate many classes of environmental pollutants. A study by environmental toxicologists at the University of Georgia reports that a new method of studying theDNA of freshwater mussels could make them an even more effective tool in limiting the effects of pollution (1996-12-11)

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)

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)

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