Quagga Be Gone! Bootsma Project Sees Success in Fighting Invasive Species

A collaborative effort, which includes School of Freshwater Sciences professor Harvey Bootsma’s team, has announced an impressive decrease in the density of invasive quagga mussels at a test site in Lake Michigan. The experiment also led to a notable decrease in a species of nuisance algae.

Using a treatment made from dead bacterial cells, the project found a 95% reduction in mussel density. The experiment’s success could lead to new tools to fight quagga, which have had a negative impact on Lake Michigan’s food web, water quality and economy.

Read more about the project’s success here.