This week’s On the Radio segment covers research being done at the University of Iowa that looks into the relationship between freshwater clams and excess nitrogen in rivers. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Craig Just, a University of Iowa faculty member, is studying freshwater mussels with respect to the nitrogen cycle.
His team is trying to find ways to restore river habitats that have been depleted by excessive algal blooms.
By understanding how freshwater mussels process the nitrogen they consume from the algal blooms, researchers will know whether the mussels contribute to or remove nitrogen from the rivers.
For more information on Just’s research, click here.