Accession Number : ADA336961

Title :   Zebra Mussel Research Technical Notes. Use of Microorganisms and Their Metabolites for Zebra Mussel Control. Section 3 - Control Strategies.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS

Personal Author(s) : Mitchell, Ralph ; Gu, Ji-Dong

PDF Url : ADA336961

Report Date : JAN 1998

Pagination or Media Count : 2

Abstract : The control of zebra mussel fouling has largely involved chemical and/or physical measures, many of which are expensive and environmentally unacceptable. Chlorination and other biocides are often used to eradicate mussel fouling. Intensive posttreatment cleaning is also used, because of the strong attachment of zebra mussel byssal threads to surfaces. Novel methods of control which are environmentally acceptable are needed. Biological control, which has not been extensively explored, may yield innovative control strategies. This technical note describes a biological approach to the problem of controlling zebra mussel fouling which is based on the use of naturally occurring bacteria as control agents. The purpose of this research is to develop novel, environmentally acceptable antifouling agents, based on the use of metabolites produced by specific natural microorganisms isolated from the aquatic environment.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, *FOULING, *MUSSELS, *CHLORINATION, *METABOLITES, *MICROORGANISMS, *BIOCIDES, CONTROL, ENVIRONMENTS, STRATEGY, BIOLOGY, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, WATER, BACTERIA, ANTIFOULING COATINGS, MOLLUSCA.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Microbiology
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE