U of M studies bacteria to kill zebra mussels

More than two years ago, the Aquatic Research Lab opened at the University of Minnesota.

Some of the research happening there is about combating zebra mussels using a specific pathogen or type of bacteria.

“Initial findings give us insights to the microbes that are enriched in zebra mussels compared to the environment,” said Prince Mathai, research associate at the U of M. “Some of them are also known pathogens. So we are focusing our efforts to isolate those pathogens.”

What the researchers want to do is find a pathogen that targets the zebra mussel, but nothing else.

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