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Cracking the mystery of nature’s toughest material

October 28, 2019

Nacre, the rainbow-sheened material that lines the insides of mussel and other mollusk shells, is known as nature’s…
Bacteria mix in deep sea mussels

October 14, 2019

Deep-sea mussels, which rely on cooperative symbiotic bacteria for their food, harbor a surprisingly high diversity of these…
Putting mussels to the test

May 10, 2019

The strong breeze made things complicated. Out on the back patio of Penn’s Lynch Labs, the five students…
The sticky science of underwater adhesives

April 18, 2019

Mussels stick to rocks on the seafloor, to aquatic plants, and — to the consternation of boaters —…
Imperiled, some freshwater mussels endure. How?

November 13, 2018

Freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled animals in North America, yet some colonies have managed to persevere…
Stretching Beyond Limits

August 21, 2018

In the world of materials, rigidity and elasticity are usually on opposite ends of the continuum. Typically, the…
Surplus mussles turned into sustainable feed

July 19, 2018

From the start of 2019, EU regulations will require that farmers use only organic feed in the production…
Zebra mussels in Lake Mendota: the new kid in town

July 19, 2018

The summer’s first blue-green algae bloom turned much of Lake Mendota a thick, putrid green color. Researchers at…
Using AI to help manage Canada’s invasive species

May 14, 2018

New University of Alberta research on managing aquatic invasive species in Canada combines the power of machine learning…
Eradication of Invasive Mussels in Open Water

January 14, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is seeking innovative solutions to eradicate invasive zebra and quagga mussels from large…
Ocean acidification means major changes for California mussels

January 8, 2018

Accelerating ocean acidification could be transforming the fundamental structure of California mussel shells, according to a new report…
A Tougher Tooth

August 22, 2017

Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank. Inspired by…
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers

June 12, 2017

Rice University chemists can thank the mussel for putting the muscle into their new macroscale scaffold fibers. The…
Green chemistry from the mussel foot

March 2, 2017

The chemical industry can learn a lot from the common mussel. Not only are the mollusc’s mother of…
Natural water purification with mussels

December 23, 2016

A new type of mussel farming may improve the aquatic environment in Danish coastal areas and at the…
Why are New England’s wild blue mussels disappearing?

August 10, 2016

The Gulf of Maine coastline, historically home to one of the richest shellfish populations in the U.S., is…
Acid attack — can mussels hang on for much longer?

July 8, 2016

Scientists from the University of Washington have found evidence that ocean acidification caused by carbon emissions can prevent…
Fetal surgery stands to advance from new glues inspired by mussels

July 1, 2016

UC Berkeley engineer Phillip Messersmith is happy to be learning lessons from a lowly mollusk, with the expectation…
Scientists satisfy our taste for blue mussels and Arctic surfclams

December 16, 2015

Researchers focus on win-win for consumers and Maine coast–more jobs and shellfish diversity. These tiny creatures are Arctic…
A Sticky Breakthrough

November 25, 2015

In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a…
Students find zebra mussels in Lake Mendota

October 22, 2015

An undergraduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered another invasive species in Lake Mendota. Students in…
Cybermussels are coming!

October 17, 2015

University of Iowa researchers are studying how to enlist the help of large numbers of freshwater mussels, which they…
Deep-sea mussels with highly toxic tenants

September 22, 2015

Symbiosis bacteria produce a variety of toxins, which appear to save the mussels from being eaten. Imagine you…
Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater

September 9, 2015

As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury…
A Sticky Situation

August 7, 2015

Wet adhesion is a true engineering challenge. Marine animals such as mussels, oysters and barnacles are naturally equipped with…
Fighting invasive species in Michigan’s lakes

March 2, 2015

Everyone knows that clean water is important. But for the state of Michigan, surrounded on three sides by…
Blue mussels not yet the bellwether of coastal environment

February 2, 2015

Mussels could be the perfect ‘sentinel’ species to signal the health of coastal ecosystems. But a new study…
Researchers optimize growing conditions and practices to improve mussel farming

September 29, 2014

Blue mussels, Mytilus edulis, live on northern Atlantic shores in the area between high and low tides. “Mussels…
Monitoring heavy metals using mussels

September 19, 2014

A research team in Malaysia has concluded that caged mussels are useful for monitoring heavy metal contamination in…
Quicker and cheaper toxicity checking of mussels

March 10, 2014

Mussels can cause serious poisoning. Current toxicity checks cost USD 2000 and take a week. A new method…
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