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|Bio-bullet pill could kill mussels|
|Written by Practical Fishkeeping - BirdDog|
|Thursday, 16 February 2006 08:52|
Scientists in England have developed a tiny pill that can kill the Zebra mussel, an invasive species that's threatening native species and damaging the environment. A team of scientists working at Cambridge University have produced a pill or "biobullet" which can be administered to waterways infested by the non-native freshwater Zebra mussel
The tiny "pills" are microcapsules laced with potassium chloride and are taken in through the filter-feeding mechanism of the mussels and release the chemical, which slowly kills the mussel. The microcapsules are harmless to other organisms.
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