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Recommendations for the routine sampling of diatoms for water quality assessments in Europe

Kelly, M. G. and Cazaubon, A. and Coring, E. and Dell'Uomo, A. and Ector, L. and Goldsmith, B. and Guasch, H. and Hürlimann, J. and Jarlman, A. and Kawecka, B. and Kwandrans, J. and Laugaste, R. and Lindstrøm, E.-A. and Leitao, M. and Marvan, P. and Padisák, Judit and Pipp, E. and Prygiel, J. and Rott, E. and Sabater, S. and van Dam, H. and Vizinet, J. (1998) Recommendations for the routine sampling of diatoms for water quality assessments in Europe. Journal of Applied Phycology, 10 (2). pp. 215-224. ISSN 09218971 (print), 1573-5176 (online)

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Abstract

Many methods for using diatoms for routine monitoring of water quality have been developed in Europe and in some countries, these are being used to enforce environmental legislation. In order to facilitate their wider use, particularly with respect to European Union legislation, steps are being taken to harmonize methodology. In this paper, the principles and practice of sampling are described in relation to the main habitat types encountered in Europe. Although details of methods and sampling programmes have to be tailored to particular circumstances and the overall objectives of the monitoring, a number of generalizations can be made. Where available, rocks and other hard surfaces are the preferred substrates and methods for sampling these are described. If such substrata are not available, then introduced ('artificial') substrata have many applications. Various types of introduced substrata can be used successfully, so long as some basic precautions are described. Other types of substrata such as macrophytes and macroalgae may also be useful under certain circumstances, although there is less consensus in the literature on the most appropriate methods, and of the validity of comparisons between indices computed from epiphytic and epilithic communities. When designing surveys, it is recommended that as far as possible, extremes of non-water quality factors (e.g. shade, current speed, etc) are avoided, unless these are characteristic of the system under investigation. Detailed guidelines for sampling epilithon are described. Along with the recommendations for sampling other substrata, it is hoped that these provide a framework that can be adapted to most river types in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE08 Hydrosphere. Hydrology / hidroszféra, hidrológia
Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
Q Science / természettudomány > QK Botany / növénytan
Depositing User: Erika Bilicsi
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 14:21
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 14:21
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/3234

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