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Study looks at algae preventing spread of invasive zebra, quagga mussels

DETROIT (WTAQ) - Algae might be able to disrupt the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes.

Scientists at Wayne State University in Detroit are studying the matter.

According to biologist Donna Kashian, preliminary tests show that algae produce chemicals which might discourage the invasive mussels from spawning.

Zebra and quagga mussels have caused widespread environmental damage in the Great Lakes since the 1980's, when they began arriving in the ballast tanks of incoming foreign ships.

Kashian and researcher Jeffrey Ram are now trying to determine how the lake algae telegraphs their chemical releases. Knowing that could provide new strategies for controlling the mussels, so toxic chemicals would not have to be used.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)