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Professor receives funding to study invasive plant-life

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dr. John Havel, biology professor at Missouri State University, received an additional $8,502 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to continue his two-year project “Tolerance of Air Exposure and its Impact on Dispersal of Aquatic Invasive Species.”

“Invasive species have the potential to harm thousands of lakes and their multi-million dollar tourist industry,” said Havel. “Smart prevention is much less expensive than controlling infestations. This grant continues a two-year project to determine the sensitivity of invasive aquatic plants and snails to air exposure. The goal is to determine which species can survive for long periods out of water and hence be a greater threat for spreading into new lakes with recreational boats.”

All fieldwork for the project takes place at the UW Trout Lake Research Station in Wisconsin with the aid of MSU honors biology students during summer.

For more information, contact Havel at (417) 836-5308.

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