Water test: quagga mussels hijack Great Lakes nutrient

Jan 24, 2023

The impact that quagga mussels have on the Great Lakes food web gives deep meaning to the saying 'food for thought'

The quagga mussels have eaten so much of the phytoplankton, they now control most of the Great Lakes phosphorus. Ted Ozersky and his University of Minnesota colleague, Sergei Katsev, discovered this rather serendipitously. Katsev, a geochemist and echosystem modeler, had studied the chemical characteristics of  Lake Superior sediments for years before he and Ozersky turned their attention to the lower Great Lakes. Quagga mussels have hijacked the foodweb in the Great Lakes.

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