Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Can Asian carp invasion be averted?

Kathleen Schmitt Kline, science writer with the Aquatic Sciences Center at UW, discusses the science behind the news of an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes. This article recently appeared in the Bayview Compass, a monthly newspaper for Milwaukee’s northern neighborhoods and suburbs. The article begins:

In December 2009, an environmental emergency brigade of 450 Americans and Canadians descended on Romeoville, Ill., armed with nets, boats, and thousands of gallons of poison. The urgent, 20-agency response was brought on by recent environmental DNA (eDNA) tests indicating that Asian carp were closer to invading Lake Michigan than previously thought. The tests detect traces of Asian carp DNA in water samples within a 48-hour period.

Read the entire article here.