MAISRC in the News

Lab gets upgrade help to fight invasive carp

December 24, 2012

The University of Minnesota lab charged with finding ways to fight invasive carp and other invasive species is about to get a makeover.

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species center needs better plumbing, a new well, and controls to ensure no organisms can escape. Lottery money and funds from the Legacy amendment will be used to ready the lab for an expanded role in fighting invasive carp and other invasive species.

A Van What? eDNA sampling on Lake Vermillion

Environmental DNA, or ‘eDNA’ for short, is the DNA that organisms shed into their habitats. DNA can come from skin cells, mucous, urine, and more. Collecting water samples is one way to quickly and easily capture eDNA. Watch the video to learn about the 'Van Dorn Sampler'—a special piece of equipment that helps our researchers are currently using to study eDNA distribution at various water depths and locations in a lake.