Geneticist Emy Monroe gave Congresswoman Betty McCollum a tour of the 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. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Garrett Peterson)
Rep. Betty McCollum visits Whitney Genetics Lab and learns about the science of eDNA
By Katie Steiger-Meister
Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., visited the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Whitney Genetics Lab, in Onalaska, Wisc., on August 29, 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.