Bigger Mussels In Missouri

1 decade 2 years 4 months ago Monday, November 19 2007 Nov 19, 2007 Monday, November 19, 2007 2:17:36 AM CST November 19, 2007 in News
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The device simulates a natural stream flow, and it helped scientists grow bigger mussels at a research pond in Columbia and at the Kansas City Zoo. Some of those mussels were released recently in the Meramec River. Steve McMurray, a Missouri Department of Conservation resource scientist, said the mussels are important because they help indicate when water quality is in trouble. Currently, ten of the 65 mussel species found in Missouri are considered endangered either on the federal or state level. Scientists have been restocking native mussels in Missouri since the late 1990s. But until the new device was used, many of the mussels were too small to survive in the wild.

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