Literature review and synthesis of invasive mussel control techniques

Project ID: 1868
Principal Investigator: Yale Passamaneck
Research Topic: Invasive Species
Funded Fiscal Years: 2018
Keywords: None

Research Question

This is a two part research question. 1. To determine if there is any literature from the native location of the invasive species that identifies why the population is under control. 2. to compile literature of attempted control techniques for invasive mussel species.

Need and Benefit

Invasive species have had significant impacts to economic, environmental, and recreational activities on river and lake systems in the United States. Specifically in Reclamation, invasive mussels have lead to biofouling (clogging) of water supply intakes, and cooling water intakes at many hydropower projects. There is a large knowledge gap of the population controlling features of the mussel's native environments (one Google search came up with roaches, a terrestrial species that is controlling the native populations of an aquatic species. This may be plausible, but without Genus species name supplied in the article, its authenticity is questioned) and literature has been hard to come by. The second part of this research proposal is to create an inventory of published studies that have attempted to control mussel populations by any means (predation, chemical control, bio toxins, oxidizers, electromagnetic waves, BioBullet, Pseudomonas fluroescens, temperatures, larval species, detachment potential, shock, etc.). This work is urgently needed to prevent unnecessary overlap of precious research dollars and effort. While no solution to the mussel invasion is likely from this literature review, knowledge gained from spending the effort to perform an inventory of attempted techniques and results will allow focused future efforts on mussel control.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Literature review and synthesis of invasive mussel control techniques (final, PDF, 467KB)
By Yale Passamaneck
Research Product completed on September 30, 2018

This research product summarizes the research results and potential application to Reclamation's mission.


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