Biological Monitoring in Water Pollution by John Cairns

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Fish. Aqua. Sei. Water Res. Vol. 16. pp. 129 to 139. 50/0 Pergamon Press Ltd REVIEW PAPERS BIOLOGICAL MONITORING PART IIA—RECEIVING SYSTEM F U N C T I O N A L METHODS, RELATIONSHIPS A N D INDICES* R O B I N A . MATTHEwst, A R T H U R L . B U I K E M A J R , J O H N C A I R N S J R J. H. A. IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEM 1972), w i t h m a j o r differences b e t w e e n c o m m u n i t i e s at Biological m o n i t o r i n g c a n be defined as the system­ different l o c a t i o n s a t t r i b u t e d t o s t r e s s effects.

Cellulase Register, H o w e v e r , t h e r e a r e m a n y difficulties a s s o c i a t e d w i t h t h e m e t h o d s for m o s t of t h e s e t e s t s ( B u i k e m a & Matthews, 1979). I n o r g a n i c a l l y e n r i c h e d s t r e a m s , f u n c t i o n i n g of t h e s e w a g e f u n g a l o r Sphaerotilus c o m m u n i t y is p a r t i c u ­ l a r l y i m p o r t a n t t o t h e p r o c e s s of s t r e a m t i o n . Sphaerotilus self-purifica­ slimes often result from high i n p u t s o r s a m p l i n g s t a t i o n .

M A T T H E W S et h i g h e r , a r e u s e d q u i t e r o u t i n e l y a n d reflect s o m e of the best tested methodologies available at present. L o t i c e c o s y s t e m s , h o w e v e r , still r e p r e s e n t a s a m p l i n g c h a l l e n g e ( T h o m a s & O ' C o n n e l l , 1966). functional responses include (Owens et physicochemical ai, A n o t h e r m e t h o d w o u l d b e t o m o n i t o r c h a n g e s in oxygen consumption in response to stress. 1964), behavioral Such m e a s u r e m e n t s c a n b e c o n d u c t e d b o t h in t h e l a b o r a ­ t o r y a n d o n site.

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