Improved Detection of Harmful Microbes in Ballast Water

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$125,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$125,000
Source: 
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient: 
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Recipient Type: 
Public College/University
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Analysis/Interpretation, Assessment/Evaluation, Inventory, Monitoring, Research
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Chp. 2, Art.3, Sec. 2, Subd. 06a
Appropriation Language 

$125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the University of Minnesota Duluth to identify and analyze potentially harmful bacteria transported into Lake Superior through ship ballast water discharge. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2014, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$125,000
Direct expenses: 
$125,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.16
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

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Measurable Outcome(s) 

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Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Chp. 2, Art.3, Sec. 2, Subd. 06a
Appropriation Language 

$125,000 the first year and $125,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the University of Minnesota Duluth to identify and analyze potentially harmful bacteria transported into Lake Superior through ship ballast water discharge. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2014, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$125,000
Direct expenses: 
$125,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
1.16
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Click on "Work Plan" under "Project Details".

Measurable Outcome(s) 

Click on "Work Plan" under "Project Details".

Project Overview

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Ballast water - water carried in tanks on ships to help provide stability and aid steering - is likely the single greatest source for introduction of non-native and invasive aquatic species. Ballast water is collected in one body of water and discharged into another body of water, usually large distances apart. The recent appearance of a deadly fish virus called Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes has raised awareness that some bacteria being transported in ballast water, just like certain plant and animal species, also have the potential to be harmful invasive species. Nevertheless, little is actually currently known about what bacteria are being transported and what can be done to prevent their spread. Biologists at the University of Minnesota - Duluth are using this appropriation to identify and analyze bacteria being transported in ballast water in order to determine which are of greatest concern and to inform strategies for early detection and spread prevention.

Project Details

Project Manager

Randall
Hicks
U of MN - Duluth
1035 Kirby Dr, SSB 207
Duluth
MN
55812
(218) 726-8438
Email: 
rhicks@d.umn.edu