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GLIN==> NY Sea Grant Makes Botulism Info Available On Web



Title: NY Sea Grant Makes Botulism Info Available On Web
NY Sea Grant Providing Botulism Research Info Via Website;
Sea Grant-Funded Study of Botulism in Lake Ontario Already Underway

Earlier this week botulism was identified in dead birds taken from the Lake Ontario shoreline.

New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske has been involved in making information available on the botulism outbreaks on the Great Lakes since they began in 1999 and regularly posts information and research updates to Sea Grantıs website at http://www.seagrant.sunysb.edu/botulism.

By the end of the day on August 2nd that website will have a press release on New York Sea Grant's botulism research, including a study of Lakes Ontario and Erie already underway by researchers Paul Bowser and Rod Getchell with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. The site will also have the proceedings from the February 2002 Botulism in Lake Erie conference at which possible spread into Lake Ontario was discussed. Exotic species were suggested as one means of transfer of the disease.

New York Sea Grant Coastal Resources Specialist Chuck O'Neill, Jr., who has recently been appointed to the select Invasive Species Advisory Committee that advises the National Invasive Species Council regarding invasive species and diseases, maintains the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse website at http://www.aquaticinvaders.org, dealing with twenty-seven fresh and marine water nuisance invasive species.
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