Conservation genomics of freshwater mussels

Despite providing essential ecosystem services, freshwater mussels are strongly declining in their natural habitats, because of a combination of several factors including habitat loss, the impact of environmental change, pollution and the competition with invasive species. Genomics offer powerful tools to understand the vulnerability and resilience of populations, however there are currently very few genomic resources available for these species.
In this project, we are planning to sequence the genomes of all freshwater mussels in Switzerland, and conduct population genomics studies to develop and implement conservation strategies in the long term.