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Mitchell Center Assists in Adirondack Mercury Detection

Sarah Nelson, a researcher with the University of Maine Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, was interviewed for an article in the upstate New York North Country Now newspaper about UMaine research in the use of dragonfly larvae as bio-sentinels for mercury in lakes and streams in the Northeast. The Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation recently completed collections of larvae in acid-rain sensitive waters. The Mitchell Center is working with the UMaine School of Forest Resources, the UMaine-based Maine Sea Grant and other researchers. Nelson said the research aims to reveal which types of watersheds seem to have greater mercury levels.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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