Handbook and Laymans report published

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Publications, The Project

“At a time when warnings of environmental disaster come one after another, there is a great need to provide good examples that can instil hope and faith in the future. ”Return of the River Mussel” Project is such an example. During a five-year period we have carried out restoration measures on 200 kilometres of river channels and 300 hectares of floodplain. Those measures have resulted in positive effects on water quality and biodiversity in twelve Swedish rivers that empty into the Baltic Sea, which in time will also benefit. In addition, research connected with the project has significantly improved our knowledge of Sweden’s most endangered freshwater bivalve, Unio crassus (thick-shelled river mussel). For the first time ever, the species has been cultivated and reintroduced to Swedish waters!

The ”Return of the River Mussel” project is an attempt to create rings in the water by providing an example that may inspire other river restoration projects throughout Europe. The project is summarized in this HANDBOOK and LAYMANS REPORT.

We express are gratitude to our external experts Stefan Lundberg, Maja Sjöberg and Al Burke for excellent work!

Enjoy the reading//Ivan and the UC4LIFE crew

Introductory paper “The ecology of the threatened thick-shelled river mussel Unio crassus (Philipsson 1788) with focus on mussel-host interactions”. Lea D. Schneider

Written by lea on . Posted in Karlstad University, Publications

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Writing an introductory paper about the doctoral research topic is common for a PhD student at Karlstad University. Freshly printed is my paper “The ecology of the threatened thick-shelled river mussel Unio crassus (Philipsson 1788) with focus on mussel-host interactions” and available to be read. The paper reviews freshwater mussel ecology in general and focuses on Unio crassus’ sexual strategy, larval development and the mussel-host fish relationship. Furthermore, information about the status and threats to freshwater bivalves is given as well as implications for conservation. In a later chapter of the paper I discuss the research questions of my doctoral studies. Worth mentioning herein are host fish mapping studies to identify fish hosts used by U. crassus. Also, the development of suitable mussel conservation strategies, such as mussel propagation and re-introduction represents a large part of my PhD.

Have fun reading!


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UC4LIFE Published

Written by Ivan on . Posted in Communication, Publications

Our project has been publiched in the popular scientific journal  SÖTVATTEN 2013* – launched today at the “environnmental monitoring days” Miljöövervakningsdagarn in Tällberg, Dalarna.  According to Jakob – present at the conference, about 160 participants are being briefed about our project by poster presentations, flyers and stickers

//Ivan via Jakob

*“Sötvatten is a annual report presenting results from the national freshwater monitoring program. Publiched by SWAM and SEPA.

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