The scent of their deceased brethren sends sea lampreys into a self-preservation tizzy as their alarm cues go into overdrive in an attempt to escape. The findings could be a game changer in controlling one of the most destructive invasive species in the Great Lakes.
“Sea lampreys are one of the most costly and destructive Great Lakes’ invaders,” says Michael Wagner, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University. “The effectiveness of the odor combined with the ease in which it’s obtained suggests that it will prove quite useful in controlling sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.”
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