Threats and prevention efforts in Utah
A brief overview of UDWR's testing protocol for mussels
DWR's current protocol for determining a status of an affected water requires two steps:
- Visual observation of the mussel, which can include a flowcam or cross-polarized and light microscopy for veligers; followed by positive findings; via
- Tissue analysis through two independent PCR methods:
- Ribozomal DNA method, assessing the ITS I region; and
- Mitochrondrial DNA method, assessing the COX I region.