Return to Skip Menu

Main Navigation

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

China-U.S. mussel laboratory dedicated


Dan Hua standing in a stream holding a few mussels. Dan Hua is facilitating collaboration between Virginia Tech and Chinese scientists on freshwater mussel conservation.

Nov. 15, 2014 – Researchers at the college’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center and at the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center in Wuxi, China, are continuing their long-term collaboration. Recent efforts include promoting freshwater mussel conservation, developing more robust and productive pearl-producing Chinese mussels, and possibly introducing a U.S. mussel to China that has the potential to produce colored pearls.

Professor Eric Hallerman, Professor Emeritus Dick Neves, and Laboratory Manager Dan Hua visited China to dedicate a new joint laboratory there as well as meet with other researchers to exchange information and facilitate collaboration between the teams. Virginia Tech then hosted visiting scientist Wen Haibo of the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center to see propagation of the pink heelsplitter mussel, which may be raised in Tennessee and exported to China to enhance the country’s pearl industry.

Read the full press release.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Summer Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017

Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.