Thanks for a fantastic Conference

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Project sites

Almost ninety participants from ten different countries joined us for the international river restoration conference “Restoring floodplains, habitats and connectivity – using mussels and brains at Grand Hotel, Lund, Sweden.

During the first two days of the conference, 35 oral presentations, and about 20 poster presentations were presented (including the exhibitions at display), focusing on the three major conference topics: 1) Floodplain dynamics and habitats, 2) Connectivity and 3) Mussel and fish communities.

Indoor activities ended with a movie show “Life returns to Fylån Creek” (watch the movie here), a panel discussion and a conference dinner during the evening. The following day, about sixty participants joined us for the field excursion, which included a lab show at Hemmestorp Mölla (mussel rearing facility) at Klingavälsån Creek and trolley rides in the Fyleån Creek Valley, and presentations of the re-meandering measures at both these sites. Good fun indeed!

In all, we are very pleased to conclude that it was a great conference, with a splendid mix of people, all having a great spirit throughout the conference.

Thanks to you all!

//Ivan and Martin

Registration open – call for abstracts and presentations.

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Project sites

Dear Friends and Colleagues!

We are pleased to announce that the International River Conference: “Restoring floodplains, habitats and connectivity by using mussels and brains” is open for registration.

Conferences objectives are to highlight experiences and results from a wide range of river restoration projects focusing on rehabilitation of species of freshwater mussels and fish.

The Conference will be held in Lund at the traditional Grand Hotel (28-29 September) and participants are welcome to join us for a field excursion (30 September, free of charge) to rivers where major floodplain restoration efforts have been made. In addition, the mussel rearing facility at HemmestorpMölla will be presented.

For conference registration:

Presentations and abstracts are submitted to:

Here, you can read more about the conference (the programme will be updated regularly) and the Thick shelled river mussel project “UC4LIFE”

We look forward to seeing you in Lund, September 28 – 30. Welcome!

The organizers

Survival of juveniles in Klingavälsån River and Fyleån Creek

Written by Ivan on . Posted in BOB'S BLOG, Communication, Re-introduction of Unio crassus, River Fyleån, River Klingavälsån


One year has gone by since the restauration of Klingavälsån, and two years for Fyleån, and we are now trying to find out how our cultured juvenile mussels (Unio crassus) respond to their new environment. This year a new method, Whitlock-Ö-boxes (2016) has been developed to test this. The Whitlock-Ö-box (2016) is a box constructed with holes in the walls so that water can flow thru it. Inside the box tubes with mussels have been placed and fixed. The tubes contain holes in the wall covered with a 200 um net, so that water can run through and the mussels stay inside. The box itself is attached to an iron stick at the bottom of the river. Every week the boxes are collected and brought back to the lab at the Hemmestorps Mill where survival rates are examined. The results so far are encouraging and the juveniles seem to like their new environment.

/ Tina, Valentina och Martin

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