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Building a response network to investigate potential pathogens associated with unionid mortality events

December 1, 2018

Unexplained mortality events have confounded the mussel conservation community for over 30 years. While the effects of chemical pollutants and environmental factors have been examined, few investigations have focused on the identification of potential mussel pathogens. Consequently, very little is known regarding the impact that pathogens have on freshwater mussel health, especially as they pertain to propagation efforts. There are several barriers that have hindered progress in the study of freshwater mussel disease, one of which is lack of appropriate diagnostic tools, and another is lack of guidance for field personnel regarding sampling procedures and laboratory contacts.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Building a response network to investigate potential pathogens associated with unionid mortality events
Authors Eric Leis, Diane L. Waller, Susan Knowles, Tony Goldberg, Joel G. Putnam, Jordan Richard, Sarah Erickson, Emilie Blevins, Jesse Weinzinger
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ellipsaria
Index ID 70201700
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wildlife Health Center; Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center