Archive for October, 2016

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

Numbers, numbers and more numbers – a short summary of this years’ summer:

Written by Ivan on . Posted in BOB'S BLOG, Re-introduction of Unio crassus, Studies

After 214 days, more than 600 cups of coffee and several hundred popsicles out in the field in Scania autumn is coming to the mussel-lab.

The young mussels are now almost 1 mm = 1000 µm big (!) and are out in 4 different waterbodies that are part of the UC4LIFE project area. We will continue to measure growth and survival – to see how they are doing out there!

During the summer we succeeded placing out a total of 1000 juveniles in 200 small tubes that we can follow them during the autumn. Furthermore, we translocated 170 adult mussels to the two restored streams that are part of the project: Fyleån and Klingavälsån. Last but not least we also placed out some fish that are infested with mussel larvae (or so called glochidia) on their gills. With all that we hope the future of the mussels can start!

All the best from the mussel-lab at the Hemmerstorps mill,

The mussel crew (Valentina & Tina)

 

 

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