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International Research Consortium on Molluscan Symbionts (IRCOMS)
This consortium was created to perform fundamental research on the biology, ecology, distribution, and systematics of organisms symbiotically associated with molluscs, including commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic species. Emphasis is currently on the endosymbionts of fresh and brackish water bivalves in North America and Europe, particularly Dreissena spp.
Activity: Mussel Builders, participants will construct their own zebra mussels out of paper bags.
This activity will increase understanding of how the zebra mussel is capable of significantly affecting the food chain and the aquatic ecosystem and give the participants a greater appreciation for the natural habitat of Lake Erie and its ecosystem.
Dreissena polymorpha, Puts Foot in Door.
This site contains information dealing largely with the zebra mussel foot. Contains photos.
Illinois Natural History Survey Mollusk Collection.
The Illinois Natural History Survey Mollusk Collection contains over 94,800 catalogued specimens, most of which were collected in Illinois and the southeastern United States. The collection is 87% freshwater species (mussels, fingernail clams, and snails) and 13% terrestrial species (snails). Most of the specimens were collected as a result of various faunal surveys conducted by INHS biologists from the late 1800's until the present.
Corp of Engineers: Reports Published by the zebra mussels Research Program.
Zebra Mussel Research Program.
The Zebra Mussel Research Program (ZMRP) was authorized by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, Public Law 101-646, and is the only federally authorized research program for the development of technology to control zebra mussels.
Species-specific Sperm Attraction in the Zebra Mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, and the Quagga Mussel, Dreissena bugensis.
The occurrence of species-specific agents that attract sperm to spawned oocytes of zebra and quagga mussels might explain both the high fecundity of these species and their apparent inability to hybridize in nature
Functional Organization of Intrinsic Gill Muscles in Zebra Mussels, Dreissena polymorpha (Mollusca: Bivalvia), and Response to Transmitters in vitro.
Lamellibranch gills are used for various vital functions, ranging from food capture to ion regulation. The foundation for many of these functions is the transport of water through the gill. Few studies have examined the role of intrinsic gill muscles and their ability to control water flow by altering the dimensions of the water passageways of the gill. This report examines the organization of intrinsic gill muscles and associated connective tissue in zebra mussels, Dreissena polymorpha.
Efficiency of Feeding on Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) by Common Bream (Abramis brama), White Bream (Blicca bjoerkna), and Roach (Rutilus rutilus): the Effects of Morphology and Behavior.
Zooplankton Grazing During the Zebra Mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) Colonization of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron.
International Research Consortium on Molluscan Symbionts
The consortium was formed to perform fundamental research on the biology, ecology, distribution, and systematics of organisms symbiotically associated with molluscs, including commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic species. Emphasis is currently on the endosymbionts of fresh and brackish water bivalves in North America and Europe, particularly Dreissena spp.
Looking for slides, prints, or illustrations of Great Lakes nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species? Look no further. Michigan Sea Grant has compiled the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Exotic Species Graphics Library, containing approximately 100 images. Color slides, illustrations, and black-and-white prints are distributed on a three-week loan basis; or you may purchase copies for a nominal fee.
Sea Grant's National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse is home to North America's extensive technical library of publications related to the spread, biology, impacts, control of the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha and Dreissena bugensis).
The Ram Lab has been doing research on zebra mussels since 1990. Our research has focussed on understanding mechanisms regulating zebra mussel reproduction; however, the effects of toxic chemicals and the nonreproductive roles of neurotransmitters have also been studied.
This slide show works well using Netscape, with Tool bar, Location, and Directory Button options turned off in order to see the full images. View with a full screen window (click on the "up" arrow head in the upper right corner of your Netscape window). You can click on any of the mini-images to see the full image and caption for that slide, or you can go to the first slide and follow the links between the full images in sequence by clicking on the "Next slide" button on each full image page.
Marietta College Biology Department. Mussels of the Ohio River.
Zebra Mussel Abstract. Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Reviews the nature, transport, control, and regulation of numerous nonindigenous nuisance species, describes their ecology, effects, and environmental impacts in various freshwater habitats, conveys research results and some economic evaluation of methods to control the spread of these nuisance species, especially in cooling and service water systems, and addresses technology transfer, education, and outreach as well as sociological and related issues. Methods, concepts, and background information are also provided to prevent the future introduction of nuisance species into aquatic ecosystems as well as to limit their spread and economic impact.
Previous studies on the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) have examined tolerance limits of dissolved oxygen and temperatures that can be used in controlling this exotic pest. The authors wanted to determine if colonization of the zebra mussel in the Atchafalaya Basin would be deterred by the natural seasonal phenomenon of increased temperatures and decreased oxygen saturation.
Four videos available to view using RealPlayer on: Outreach tools, Control, Biology, and Spread and Impact.