HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Burrowing mayfly swarms signal a healthier ecosystem, USGS scientists say

While swarms of flying insects may have little appeal for most people, USGS biologist Thomas Edsall says the clouds of burrowing mayflies emerging from western Lake Erie this summer are a welcome sign of an ecosystem in recovery.

"They're telling us that the water's clean out there," Edsall says.

Burrowing mayflies are large aquatic insects that spend most of their lives -- about two years -- in their larval form, living in shallow bottom sediments of lakes. On the bottom of western Lake Erie, larval mayflies -- known as nymphs -- once numbered in the hundreds per square meter. But populations decreased dramatically in the 1950s due to deteriorating water quality, and throughout most of the next three decades burrowing mayflies were virtually absent from their former Great Lakes habitat.

For the last five years, however, a remarkable recovery has been under way. Edsall and his colleagues at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center report that nymphs in western Lake Erie have increased from near zero to numbers approaching those of the early twentieth century.

Edsall says the mayfly recovery is a strong sign that improvements in water quality, which have been taking place since the 1970s, have resulted in a healthier, more normally functioning ecosystem. "This is a real tribute to the EPA's enforcement of water pollution control laws, such as the Clean Water Act and U.S. and Canadian cooperation through the Great Lakes Quality Agreement," he says.

USGS and Canadian biologists have used several different methods to determine the past distribution and abundance of burrowing mayflies in Lake Erie and to understand how the insects have responded to different forms of water and sediment of contamination. Sediment core samples, dating back to about 1740, contain jaw parts and other preserved remains that provide a continuous record of burrowing mayfly densities in different regions of the lake. Other information comes from pe
'"/>

Contact: John Gannon
john_e_gannon@brd.usgs.gov
734-214-7237
United States Geological Survey
13-Jul-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Chemical signals health of brain cells Symposium
2. Activated signaling pathway may predict lung cancer patients response to gefitinib
3. NRH1 and Wnt signaling come together in convergent extension
4. Sequential signals choreograph embryonic tubule formation
5. Molecular traffic cop directs cellular signals
6. Stem cells commit to a future of fat with one signal
7. From lung to gut the Wnt signaling pathway transforms cell fate
8. Brain signal predicts working memory prowess
9. Fetal lungs provide a signal initiating labor, UT Southwestern researchers find
10. Ambient light influences the evolution of colour signals
11. Equine clonings triple play sheds light on calcium, cell signaling, human disease

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/20/2016)... and GENEVA, Dec, 20, 2016   ... data sensor technology, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: ... spectrum of electronics applications, announced today the launch ... kit for biometric wearables that includes ST,s compact ... Valencell,s Benchmark™ biometric sensor system. Together, ...
(Date:12/16/2016)... -- The global wearable medical device market, in terms of value, ... 5.31 billion in 2016, at a CAGR of 18.0% during the ... ... medical devices, launch of a growing number of smartphone-based healthcare apps ... providers, and increasing focus on physical fitness. Furthermore, ...
(Date:12/15/2016)... 15, 2016 Advancements in biometrics ... wellness and wellbeing (HWW), and security of ... new passenger vehicles begin to feature fingerprint ... heart beat monitoring, brain wave monitoring, stress ... and pulse detection. These will be driven ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Market Research Future has a half cooked research ... Biopsy is growing rapidly and expected to reach USD 450 Million ... ... Biopsy Market has been assessed as a swiftly growing market and ... in the coming future. There has been a tremendous growth in ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... November Research Group, LLC, a global ... device manufacturers and regulators, is proud to announce the worldwide release of PRIMO ... to provide product vigilance departments with the flexibility and ease of use of ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... LabRoots , the leading ... the world, was today awarded the "Best Science & Technology Social Networking Service ... and decided upon by a dedicated team of researchers and analysts. , The ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017 Acupath Laboratories, ... announces the formation of an Executive Committee that will ... beyond. John Cucci , a 15-year ... from Director of Business Development to Chief Sales ... Mr. Cucci served in senior sales leadership roles at ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: