Pearly Mussels

Cary mussel studies make "Science"

Some species of freshwater mussels are teetering on the brink of extinction. The Millbrook Independent reports on studies by Cary's David Strayer and Heather Malcolm.

Nearly buried, mussels get a helping hand

Science Magazine reports on causes for the widespread decline of freshwater mussels and cites Cary research studying the factors threatening mussel habitats.

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Why should we care about freshwater mussels?

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There were once three hundred species of mussels in the United States. They supplied food to Native Americans and people harvested them for pearls and for mother-of-pearl to make buttons. Now, hardly anyone eats freshwater mussels and buttons are mostly made of plastic.

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Mussel shells evoke visions of the past

Is it good or bad to be able to see ghosts? I’ve been wondering about this since I recently realized that I’ve been seeing ghosts ever since I began to study freshwater mussels about 30 years ago.

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