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Duluth hosts international big lakes conference

Problems affecting the great lakes around the world will be discussed this week in Duluth during the facing 54th International Conference on Great Lakes Research.

More than 600 scientists from around the world will be at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

They’ll hear about international lakes, including Siberia’s Lake Baikal — considered the oldest, deepest, and most ecologically diverse lake in the world — as well as climate-related changes in Africa’s biggest lakes.

But they’ll also talk about invaders in our Great Lakes, like giant leaping carp and Quagga mussels.

Other local experts featured include:

  • Anett Trebitz of the Environmental Protection Agency, who is conducting trials in the Duluth-Superior harbor to figure out ways to detect small numbers of invasive species before they become so abundant that they cause problems.
  • UMD researcher Don Branstrator, a leading expert on spiny water fleas, whose  research involves invasive species in ballast water, trying to determine what percent must be killed to prevent a new population from taking hold.

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