Wisconsin Fishery Project
Development of eDNA metabarcoding methods for freshwater mussels
September 2019 - August 2021
- US Fish and Wildlife Service East Lansing Field Office
Mussels are an important component of river ecosystems but have undergone substantial declines throughout their range. Our project will leverage genetic techniques (eDNA metabarcoding) to improve estimates of mussel diversity in Michigan rivers. This project is a collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS. The techniques developed here can be used to conduct research that will inform mussel conservation strategies in the future.