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September 10, 2015

U of M hosting showcase to educate, engage and inform about aquatic invasive species

Media contacts: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, ced@umn.edu, (612) 625-0237; Allison Sandve, U of M Extension, ajsandve@umn.edu, (612) 626-4077

ST. PAUL (9/10/2015) —The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC), along with University of Minnesota Extension, announce the 2015 Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Management Showcase, to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1980 Buford Ave., on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.
This showcase will be of particular interest to members of lake associations, local agency staff, those who frequently recreate on Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, and anyone with an interest in aquatic invasive species and the health of our waters and environment.
Participants will attend their choice of three talks. These presentations will vary across species—including Asian carp, Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels and more—as well as across topics, addressing current research, control methods and management efforts.

Following that, participants will have the opportunity to see the latest research in action through a choice of afternoon off-campus field sessions. These sessions will include field trips to Lock & Dam #1 in Minneapolis to learn about Asian carp deterrents, the University of Minnesota Genomics Center to explore the zebra mussel genome, or Lake Phalen to identify and sample invasive aquatic plants or to see how a lake-wide common carp problem can be effectively managed.
“Through the on-campus talks, field sessions, and the opportunity to talk with researchers over lunch, participants will learn not only about the science of aquatic invasive species detection and control, but they will also gain valuable insights for working on the issues in their own community,” said Susan Galatowitsch, MAISRC director and a showcase presenter.

Pre-registration is required at http://maisrc.eventbrite.com. For questions, please contact Christine Lee, executive office and communications specialist, 612-626-1412, leex2315@umn.edu

About MAISRC
MAISRC is dedicated to developing research-based solutions that can reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota by preventing spread, controlling populations, and managing ecosystems. Funding is provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Clean Water Fund, and private donations. Please visit www.maisrc.umn.edu to learn more about the research being done at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

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