Scientists Discover Bacteria That Kills Invasive Mussels

November 30, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

“Researchers seeking to slow the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels in American lakes and rivers have found a bacterium that appears to be fatal to the problematic species without affecting native mussels or freshwater fish.” The bacteria appear to be effective only in localized use and probably won’t provide a solution for ridding large bodies of water of invasive species, but scientists plan to test the bacteria on western U.S. streams in the near future. James Janega in the Chicago Tribune.