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2009-06-23 08:00:00

Ontario Power Generation Honored; Zequanox(TM) Demonstrated NIAGARA ON THE LAKE, Ontario, June 23/PRNewswire/ -- Zequanox(TM), a natural product developed by Marrone Bio Innovations for the control of invasive zebra and quagga mussels, will play an important role in today's induction of Ontario Power Generation's Niagara Plant Group (NPG) into Ontario's Environmental Leaders Program. This prestigious program recognizes the Niagara Plant Group's commitment to efficient, sustainable and...

2009-06-12 15:05:51

Invasive quagga mussels are replacing their equally destructive cousin, the zebra mussel, in calmer waters in the Great Lakes, Wisconsin researchers said. While zebra mussels still dominate in fast-moving streams and rivers, the larger quagga mussels prefer soft lake bottoms of sand and silt, said Suzanne Peyer, a doctoral candidate in the zoology department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Zebra mussels prefer to attach to hard surfaces, such as rocks, gravel, pipes and ship hulls,...

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2009-06-12 07:57:55

The zebra mussels that have wreaked ecological havoc on the Great Lakes are harder to find these days "” not because they are dying off, but because they are being replaced by a cousin, the quagga mussel. But zebra mussels still dominate in fast-moving streams and rivers. Research conducted by Suzanne Peyer, a doctoral candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Zoology, shows that physiological differences between the two species might determine which mollusk...

2009-03-31 09:30:00

Chapter Written By PearlParadise.com CEO Jeremy Shepherd LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeremy Shepherd of PearlParadise.com is a contributing author to the new book, Small Businesses Give Big. The book captures the heart, values and passion of entrepreneurs and business owners, across the United States, through their own inspiring profiles and profound giving back stories. Each business presents the important role that philanthropy has in their success and how it serves both their...

2009-03-23 07:35:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid eating oysters recently harvested near Pass Christian, Miss. The FDA said nearly a dozen illnesses have been linked to raw oysters from the Mississippi Sound portion of the Gulf of Mexico near Pass Christian. The location is known as Area 2C. Consumers who are uncertain about the origin of oysters they currently have should contact the place of purchase to determine if the oysters are from the affected area as the agency...

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2009-01-28 16:32:42

On Wednesday, scientists said that for the first time they have replicated an elusive seafood toxin found in shellfish and certain algae that can cause illness and even death, according to a study. The researchers said that this achievement opens the way for tests to detect the poison and might boost efforts to find an antidote. Chlorosulpholipids are molecules that form inside the cell membranes of host organisms.  They exist only in minute quantities, and this has stopped efforts to...

2009-01-22 10:54:41

Queen's University Belfast is working on a three-year study to conserve and restore endangered horse mussel reefs in Strangford Lough. Marine biologists based at the University's marine research and outreach centre in Portaferry in County Down, which is part of the School of Biological Sciences, will provide scientific and technological research to map and monitor the species and undertake trials to restore it. Horse mussel reefs are important to the marine environment because they are...

2008-12-24 13:55:00

French doctors say wrestling oysters and tins of foie gras can be hazardous to your health. Emergency rooms in France report a surge this time of year from hundreds of people who badly cut themselves opening oysters and foie gras, the Telegraph (Britain) reported Wednesday. The wounds often require surgery, said the French Health Surveillance Institute, noting an estimated 2,000 people annually hurt themselves opening oysters, with 40 percent of the injuries occurring in December and...

2008-12-03 07:00:00

BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, Dec. 6, volunteers will transfer nearly 750,000 adolescent oysters to restoration sites in Bristol Harbor and neighboring areas, culminating the third annual cycle of a joint effort between local community members and marine science researchers at Roger Williams University to bolster Rhode Island's diminished oyster population. "RWU is committed to reinvigorating Rhode Island's oyster populations," said Timothy Scott,...

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2008-11-20 13:09:51

Unwanted zebra mussels have appeared in Utah's Electric Lake, to the surprise of many state wildlife officials who reported on the invasive mussels' presence on Wednesday. Officials expected the mussels to show up at Lake Powell first, rather than Electric Lake because it's a high-elevation lake with relatively few boaters. Boaters are often blamed for unknowingly carrying mussels into the lake from other bodies of water. The mussels "showed up in one of the least-expected places," said...


Latest Bivalves Reference Libraries

Chinese Pond Mussel, Sinanodonta woodiana
2013-10-11 11:20:39

The Chinese Pond Mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana), known also as the Eastern Asiatic Freshwater Clam or the Swan-mussel, is a species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Uniondale, the river mussels. The shell is brown or blackish, occasionally with a greenish hue, the color varying but normally more intensively colored at the periphery. The shape is elliptical to almost spherical, with the lower margin strongly convex. It is native to Eastern Asia but...

Corbicula fluminea
2013-10-11 11:17:31

Corbicula fluminea is a species of freshwater clam, an aquatic bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Corbiculidae. This species is originally from Asian origin, therefore it is often referred to as the Asian Clam or Asiatic Clam. Within the aquarium and koi pond trade it is frequently called the Golden Clam or Golden Freshwater Clam. Within southeast Asia its known as the Prosperity Clam or the Good Luck Clam. It has been introduced into many parts of the world such as North America...

Pinctada Maxima
2013-04-25 16:49:52

Pinctada maxima is a species of pearl oyster, a marine bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Pteriidae, the pearl oysters. There are two different color varieties: the White lipped oyster and the Gold lipped oyster. These bivalves are considered to be the largest pearl oysters in the world. They have a very strong inner shell layer composed of nacre, also known as “mother of pearl”. They’re significant in the cultured pearl industry as they are used to produce South Sea pearls....

Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus
2013-04-25 16:28:02

The Flat Tree Oyster, Isognomon alatus, is a species of bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Isognomonidae. It can be seen along the Atlantic coast of North America, ranging from southern Florida to Brazil and Bermuda. This oyster has two thin and irregularly shaped valves that are joined by a long straight hinge. The exterior is sculpted by a large number of rough, concentric rings with loose flakes and varies in color from a pale brownish olive to a purplish black. The nacre on the...

Cockscomb Oyster, Lopha cristagalli
2013-04-17 11:50:41

Lopha cristagalli, also known as cockscomb oyster, is a species of marine bivalve mollusks within the family Ostreidae. This species has a shell with the potential to reach a maximum diameter of roughly 20.5 centimeters, 10 centimeters being the most common. The coloration varies from dark to light purple and is thick, strongly ribbed, and slightly inequitable shell. The shell inside is porcelaneous, normally a purplish-brown or whitish. The margins of the valves have a distinctive zig-zag...

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