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August 29, 2013

Representative Betty McCollum visits Whitney Genetics Lab and learns about the science of eDNA

Biological sciences technician, Jenna Merry, explains the techniques being used to collect water samples, which will later be tested for the presence of Asian carp eDNA. Congresswoman Betty McCollum visited a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research vessel to see the process firsthand. Photo by Garrett Peterson/USFWS.
Biological sciences technician, Jenna Merry, explains the techniques being used to collect water samples, which will later be tested for the presence of Asian carp eDNA. Congresswoman Betty McCollum visited a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research vessel to see the process firsthand. Photo by Garrett Peterson/USFWS.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., visited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Whitney Genetics Lab on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, to learn about the Service's work to detect Asian carp in waterways throughout the Midwest.

The Whitney Genetics Lab was opened in April of this year, and it is now processing water samples from the Great Lakes and major rivers in the Midwest states to test for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA (eDNA). This is one of the technologies that the Service is using to detect and track Asian carp.

The Service is a committed partner with states and other federal agencies to fight against the spread of Asian carp

Geneticist Emy Monroe gave Congresswoman Betty McCollum a tour of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recently-opened Whitney Genetics Lab in Onalaska, Wisconsin. The lab processes water samples from the Great Lakes and Midwest states to test for Asian carp eDNA. Photo by Garrett Peterson/USFWS.
Geneticist Emy Monroe gave Congresswoman Betty McCollum a tour of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recently-opened Whitney Genetics Lab in Onalaska, Wisconsin. The lab processes water samples from the Great Lakes and Midwest states to test for Asian carp eDNA. Photo by Garrett Peterson/USFWS.

 

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Last updated: November 4, 2013