The event highlighted the completion of the Round
The three-minute video features aerial footage showing Zequanox applications during the project, underwater footage of invasive Zebra and quagga mussels plus footage and comments from speakers at the Information Fair. To view the video visit https://marronebioinnovations.com/molluscicide/zequanox/.
As part of the the
This project was undertaken in collaboration with the
Economic & Ecological Impact of Invasive Species
zebra and quagga mussels, Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively, have had severe economic and ecological impacts throughout the
- In terms of economic impacts, the dreissenid invasion has created an estimated total economic impact of more than
$5 billion(Jenkins 2001; Pimental et al. 1999; IMO 2001), as a result of compromised infrastructure by clogged water intake pipes, damaged mechanical parts and increased corrosion rates of steel and concrete.
- Ecological effects of the enormous changes in nutrient cycles and food webs brought on by these invasive mussels include:
- Crashes of top predator fish populations;
- Nuisance periphytic algae growth;
- Conditions that support the growth and proliferation of blooms of Microcystis, which can, and have, shut down drinking water facilities in the
- Recent Type E botulism outbreaks affecting migratory waterfowl populations.
- One of the most significant and immediate effects of dreissenid invasion has been the decimation of native unionid mussel populations, particularly in the
Great Lakesregion ( Ricciardiet al. 1996), placing many on the brink of extinction.
Facts About Zequanox
- Zequanox is composed of dead cells from a naturally occurring strain of the bacteria Pseudomonas fluorescens. Zebra and quagga mussels perceive Zequanox as a non-threatening food source and consume it readily, along with their normal diet. Once ingested, Zequanox causes their digestive lining to deteriorate, resulting in death.
- Mussel mortality begins within a couple of days after treatment and continues for several weeks following exposure to the product.
- Pseudomonas fluorescens (Pf) as a species have a long history of use in the production of food and pharmaceuticals. It is a species commonly used in the production of fermented food products, such as yogurt.
- The particular pf strain used to make Zequanox was isolated from river mud in
New Yorkon a body of water that had notably lower Zebra and quagga mussel populations when compared to surrounding bodies of water.
- Extensive research, both in the laboratory and the field, have demonstrated Zequanox's efficacy against invasive mussels, little risk to non-target species—including native unionid mussels and important game fish—and no lasting impacts to water quality.
- These studies have been completed by a number of institutions including the
U.S. Geological Survey, the New York State Museum, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University, as well as a variety of independent laboratories, among others.
To see additional video, photos of the project and media materials from the Information Fair, go to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/poyfvm0j8zhr34c/AACIgqmzXHBOm27OR4O0n4yRa?dl=0.
About the Information Fair
The Information Fair was held on
Peter Olson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success, North Central Michigan College
- The Honorable
Larry Romanelli, Ogema(Chairman), Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Stella Kay, Vice Chairman, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
Jon W. Allan, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Seth Herbst, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission
- Matt Clautcherty, Tip of the
Mitt Watershed Council
Cindy Kolar, U.S. Geological Survey
Pamela Marrone, Founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations
In addition to the speakers, participating organizations provided information tables to educate the
public about their work to preserve the
Smart. Natural. Solutions.
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