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Zebra Mussels as Biomonitors for Cyanobacteria Toxins in the Great Lakes

Zebra mussels are well established in Lake Champlain and the Great   Lakes ecosystem. They filter large volumes of water as part of their   daily feeding cycle. Gregory Boyer, from SUNY ESF, was awarded a   GLRC small grant to investigate zebra mussels as biomonitors for   cyanobacteria toxins in the Great Lakes. Zebra mussels would act as   an excellent biomarker if they accumulate cyanobacteria toxins in a   consistent manner. The basic working hypothesis of this project is   that the cyanobacteria toxin concentration measured in zebra mussel   is proportional to the amount of toxic cyanobacteria in the water   column. As such, these species can be used as surrogate collectors   to monitor for cyanobacteria toxins in the plankton. To conduct   this study, researchers at SUNY ESF, SUNY Brockport, and the Lake   Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh will conduct field   and laboratory studies of Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario.    (zebra mussel); (zebra mussels); (Dreissena polymorpha);   (Dreissenids); (Dreissenid); (AIS); (aquatic invasive species);   (ANS); (aquatic nuisance species); (cyanobacteria); (plankton);   (blue-green algae); (blue-green bacteria)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Organism
Physical/Chemical
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Ontario
State Province
New York
Resource Being Monitored
Human Health
Plankton / Microorganisms
Program Drivers
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Control And Mitigation
Chemical Measures
Ecosystem Effects
Habitat (physical / chemical)
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Annex 17
Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Cause-effect inter-relationships of productivity and ecotoxicity
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
    Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components

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