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Botulism E in Lake Erie: Ecology and Lower Food Web Transfer

This project will determine the environmental conditions that favor   botulism Type E bacteria in Lake Erie and explore whether quagga   mussels are altering bottom sediment conditions to favor C.   botulinum growth. Analysis of environmental parameters, including   water chemistry, algal biomass, and sediment and weather conditions,   will be used to identify C. botulinum's habitat preference.   Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) will be used to detect and identify   strains of C. botulinum from samples of tissue (mussels and benthic   invertebrates) and sediment. This research will help determine the   source of the botulism outbreaks and the links between the microbial   community and fish and waterbirds, which will help EPA and other   partners address the problem.    (botulism); (Type E); (Lake Erie); (C. botulinum); (PCR);   (polymerase chain reaction); (quagga mussels); (algae); (cladophora)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Cellular
Organism
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
State Province
New York
Resource Being Monitored
Bottom Sediment
Habitat
Suspended Sediments
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Biology And Life History
Environmental Requirements / Tolerance
Prevention and Introduction
Definition of Vectors of Introduction
Spread of Established ANS Populations
Mechanisms of Spread
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
Monitoring
Aquatic Nuisance Species
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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