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Epithilic Diatoms

The ECN protocol for diatoms on submerged stones (FDT)
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Diatoms are a diverse group of unicellular algae and are well-established as sensitive biological indicators of surface water quality due to the narrow tolerance of individual species to environmental parameters such as pH and nutrient availability.  Diatoms grow attached to submerged stones within certain zones of lakes and streams and are easy to sample in most freshwaters in a replicable manner.  The sampling procedure adopted by ECN is simple and follows that used for the United Kingdom Acid Waters Monitoring Network .

August

Our field activities

AUGUST

At terrestrial sites evening bat monitoring continues and we also sample for spittle bugs using sweep nets. In rivers and lakes we sample aquatic macrophytes (water plants visible to the naked eye). The usual year-round measurements are also made.

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A spittlebug