Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Abstract

Knowing the invasive nature of several species of freshwater crayfish of the genus Procambarus, it was predicted that some of the watersheds within Massachusetts area could be affected by these species. For this study 14 organisms of Procambarus genus were collected from 5 different sites within the state. 16S rRNA mitochondrial gene of each organism was sequenced. This study suggests that all of the organisms collected either belong to one species - Procambarus acutus that is not considered to be an invasive species, or are hybrids of both invasive Procambarus clarkii and Procambarus acutus.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2011

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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