U.S. hydropower project operator seeks labs to help in detection of quagga, zebra mussels

The Bureau of Reclamation seeks information on firms able to produce custom antibodies that would bind to quagga and zebra mussel larvae to simplify detection of the microscopic larvae in water resources facilities. Responses are due Feb. 15.

The mussels are invasive species that arrived in North America from Europe in the 1980s. By 1990, zebra mussels had been found in all five Great Lakes and over the next two years made their way into the major tributaries of the Mississippi River system.

Reclamation has been conducting a multi-pronged effort to find ways to combat zebra and quagga mussels in its reservoirs. It recently issued a report on silicone foul release coatings that might mitigate the problem.

The agency now has issued a sources sought notice seeking information on firms able to provide custom antibody services to produce a monoclonal antibody that would bind to the larvae, called veligers. It said a veliger-specific antibody that can be coupled with a fluorescent tag would simplify microscopic detection of veligers.

The sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. R13PS80196 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due by e-mail to the address below by Feb. 15. For information, contact Robert Brackett, Contracting Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Acquisitions Operations Group, P.O. Box 25007, 84-27810 Denver, CO 80225; (1) 303-445-2442; E-mail: rbrackett@usbr.gov.

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