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New Tactic in Fight Against Zebra Mussels
To protect the waters of the Twin Cities’ largest and most popular lake from invasive species, researchers are using Minnetonka as the testing ground for a new study. Crews this week started testing low doses of a copper-based pesticide on zebra mussel larvae — called “veligers” — to kill them off and slow their spread.

The results could help public agencies and lake advocates control the spread of the invasives on other lakes across Minnesota, shifting the focus from killing off all the pests to keeping their numbers at bay.


 
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