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Why the Stall? Using Metabolomics to Define the Lack of Upstream Movement of Invasive Bigheaded Carp in the Illinois River
Suski, Cory; Curtis-Quick, Jocelyn (2021): Why the Stall? Using Metabolomics to Define the Lack of Upstream Movement of Invasive Bigheaded Carp in the Illinois River. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. https://doi.org/10.13012/B2IDB-5190701_V2
Bigheaded carp were collected from the Illinois and Des Plaines Rivers, parts of the Illinois Waterway, from May to November 2018. A total of 93 fish were collected during sampling for a study comprised of 40 females, 41 males, and 12 unsexed fish. GC/MS metabolite profiling analysis detected 180 compounds.
Livers from carp at the leading edge had differences in energy use and metabolism, and suppression of protective mechanisms relative to downstream fish; differences were consistent across time. This body of work provides evidence that water quality is linked to carp movement in the Illinois River. As water quality in this region continues to improve, consideration of this impact on carp spread is essential to protect the Great Lakes.