A Bacterium that Kills Zebra and Quagga Mussels

The New York Times reported on February 25 that a strain of bacteria has been found that can kill off zebra and quagga mussels that threaten fresh water bodies.

Read the full NYT article here.

Bacterial control is not yet approved for lakes. The principle has only been demonstrated and tested in closed systems.

Kate Wilson, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Fish & Wildlife Policy Branch of Alberta Environment has advised the SLWSS News that trials of the commercial formulation Zequanox are being monitored and possible uses are being discussed for potential application if and when the product receives regulatory clearance for use.

Sylvan Lake continues to welcome boaters who understand the consequences of zebra and quagga mussel invasive species and who decontaminate their watercraft and marine equipment before launching. The bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens is not a substitute for responsible boating practices:

Clean. Drain. Dry.

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