STP802: Correlation Between the Autotrophic Index and Protozoan Colonization Rates as Indicators of Pollution Stress

    Buikema, AL
    Professor and assistant director, university distinguished professor and director, and associate professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

    Cairns, J
    Professor and assistant director, university distinguished professor and director, and associate professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

    Yongue, WH
    Professor and assistant director, university distinguished professor and director, and associate professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

    Pages: 12    Published: Jan 1983


    Abstract

    The advantages of using microbial communities or multispecies in pollution assessment are discussed. Laboratory and field research assessing the effects of pollution on microbial community structure and function (that is, a ratio of autotrophy to total biomass, protozoan colonization rates, and species richness) indicates that the results are sensitive measures of pollution. The results of one test confirm the results of other tests. All the tests are quick, inexpensive, and reproducible.

    Keywords:

    microbes, Protozoa, artificial substrates, colonization, water quality assessment, community structure, community function, pollution, chlorophyll, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), biological methods, toxicity tests, aquatic toxicology, hazard assessment


    Paper ID: STP33508S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E47.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP33508S


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