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Old 12-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default Cold holds invasive species at bay

Cold holds invasive species at bay
Destructive pink barnacle, mussel can bounce back if winter is warm
Posted: November 16, 2011 - 10:51pm

Cold holds invasive species at bay | StAugustine.com
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Matthew Gilg, University of North Florida ecological geneticist and associate professor of biology, said green mussel numbers have greatly diminished in the last couple of years because of colder-than-average temperatures.

“Our last two winters have been cold enough to kill a lot of them,” said Gilg, who received a USDA grant of $370,000 to study the mussels. “Places that I used to find hundreds of them, there are just a handful now.”

However, “They can bounce back pretty quick,” Gilg said. “We’ll just see what
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