Why scientists are fighting to keep golden mussels out of Amazon waters

February 5, 2015 7:54 PM

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Why scientists are fighting to keep golden mussels out of Amazon waters

The invasive mollusk species has colonized in various river basins throughout South America, and scientists are fearful the golden mussel will soon reach the Amazon.

Scientists dubbed the golden mussel an “ecosystem engineer,” not for its ability to build new ecosystems, but its efficiency in changing them. And not necessarily for anyone else's benefit.

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