Invasive mussel in freshwater ecosystems - dispersal, current distribution and impact at Biologisk Institut - Københavns Universitet

At present the mussel have spread ro a number of countries. Given that, there are many dispersal routes open to the zebra mussels or its larvae (e.g. ships, rivers, streams, birds, humans) it is a reasonable assumption that this species will continue to spread. Zebra mussels can filter large quantities of water per unit time, which imply, that it will affect the amount and composition of the other aquatic organisms.

Poject outline in brief: Comparison of zebra mussel dispersal and population patterns in Denmark and other countries (e.g. USA, Europe, and Scandinavia) would be very useful to understand the impact of this invasive species. This project is based on information from literature- and species databases as well as on knowledge obtained by national environmental authorities. The harvested data is analyzed and discussed with focus on 1) the optimal physical and chemical conditions for the establishment of a zebra mussel population in a new location and, 2) monitoring and control of existing and future invasions.

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