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Minnesota Researchers Studying Aquatic Invasive Species

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September 25, 2017 11:25 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Scientists are growing aquatic invasive species to help policymakers figure out how to fight the invaders at a laboratory on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.

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Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center had an open house on Sept. 13 to show the public some of 30 projects.

The center is working to grow the algae in the lab to identify which conditions it grows best in. That information could help officials identify which lakes in the state are most at risk of becoming infested.

Researchers are also trying to determine how the invasive plants and animals are spreading from lake to lake.

The center was created in 2012 with money from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the state's Clean Water Fund.

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Information from: KNOW-FM

 


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