In research presented last month at the Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World, FHL‘s Emily Carrington‘s lab found that in water with a pH more acidic than 7.6, the silky threads that anchor mussels to their homes, called byssus fibers, was significantly weakened. They also found that higher temperatures weakened the byssus fibers, with threads about 60 percent weaker in 77 degree Fahrenheit water than in cooler 65 degree water. Read more about mussels’ sticky substance and why researchers think it can offer important insights for developing new adhesives.