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EPA grants help Wayne State researchers stave off Great Lakes environmental invaders
Date:9/12/2011

p protocols for coordinated Great Lakes basinwide monitoring.

Researchers literally will work from top to bottom of the waters of the Maumee River and Maumee Bay to sample animals and algae. New molecular techniques including biological "bar coding" and the services of Ecoanalysts, a professional taxonomy company, will be key to future success at detecting foreign species early in their invasion, and potentially slowing or reversing their spread.

"I expect our results to yield a pattern and set of protocols and procedures that any agency in the Great Lakes could adopt for monitoring and detecting non-native species that might show up in their neighborhood," Ram said. "The outcome of these two projects will be to reduce the number of invasive species that enter and survive and spread in the Great Lakes, thereby preserving the natural value of the lakes for future generations."


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Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research
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