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Faculty receives grant for research, culture of freshwater mussels

Barnhart also receives grant for host identification and propagation of ebonyshell mussells
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dr. Chris Barnhart, professor of biology received a grant of $39,950 from the U.S. Geological Survey for “Developing Methods for Laboratory Culture of Diverse Species of Freshwater Mussels.”

The award will be used to fund the Barnhart’s research project issued under the Great Rivers Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU).

Barnhart also received a grant of $12,000 from the Missouri Department of Conservation for his proposal “Host Identification and Propagation of Ebonyshell Mussels (Fusconia ebena).”

The purpose of the project is to continue to identify hosts for propagating and rearing the threatened mussel species as their primary hosts, the skipjack herring, are also in decline.

For more information, contact Barnhart at (417) 836-5166.


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