Cyanobacteria Impact on Quagga Mussel Reproduction

Agency: Wayne State University

Location: Michigan

Treatment Type: N/A

Treatment Method Used: N/A

Microcystin may physiologically impair invasive mussels, potentially increasing the efficacy of control methods used to treat populations. Results of this project show that microcystin impacts invasive mussel spawning and fertilization in laboratory conditions.


Boegehold, A.G., Johnson, N.S., Ram, J.L. and Kashian, D.R., 2018. Cyanobacteria reduce quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) spawning and fertilization success. Freshwater Science, 37(3), pp.510-518.

Partner Agencies: 

U.S. Geological Survey,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Environment and Climate Change Canada


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