Recommendations for sampling littoral diatoms in lakes for ecological status assessments

L King, G Clarke, H Bennion, M Kelly, ML Yallop

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Abstract

This review summarises the existing literature and outlines the theoretical basis for using standard methods for sampling diatoms from rivers to sample littoral diatoms and other phytobenthos from standing waters. The European Union's Water Framework Directive has created a statutory obligation for EU Member States to monitor macrophytes and phytobenthos in lakes. Although there has been a considerable amount of work using phytobenthos (especially diatoms) to monitor river water quality in Europe, there are fewer studies on the use of phytobenthos for monitoring in lakes. European standard methods for sampling diatoms from rivers should be suitable, with only minor modifications, for sampling littoral diatoms from lakes and other standing water bodies. These recommendations should be applicable to all temperate regions.
Translated title of the contributionRecommendations for sampling littoral diatoms in lakes for ecological status assessments
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15 - 25
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Phycology
Volume18 (1)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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Publisher: Springer

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