2/20/09

In the News: Mussels destroying link in Lake Michigan food web

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A tiny, shrimplike creature that forms a crucial link in the Great Lakes food web has all but disappeared from Lake Michigan because of competition from invasive foreign mussels, scientists reported Wednesday.

Observations over a decade have documented a 96-percent drop-off of the amphipod species known as diporeia, according to scientists with NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. Read More.


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