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CBC NS - How wired mussels are predicting toxic algae

8 Nov 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous

"To Canadian fisheries scientist Luc Comeau, the humble blue mussel is more than a bivalve — it's a bio sentinel.

If something is strange in the environment, they will behave strangely," says Comeau, a scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Comeau is part of an international effort that is using sophisticated sensors to convert a mussel's distinctive behaviour when exposed to stressors into an early detector of toxic algae.

"DFO's interest in this is having an early warning system, having sentinels out at sea that could monitor continuously the water quality. So these mussels that are connected are like canaries in mines," he says."

This article also features long-time ACCESS member Dr. Jon Grant. 


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