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Plankton: A Guide to their Ecology and Monitoring for Water Quality

Handbook / ManualOut of Print
  • Explains the role of plankton in aquatic ecosystems and its usefulness as a water quality indicator
  • Updates and details best practice in methodology for plankton sampling and monitoring programs
  • Demonstrates how to analyse and interpret the results of sampling programs in terms of management strategies
  • Brings together widely-scattered information on freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton and provides a list of up-to-date references

By: Iain M Suthers(Editor), David Rissik(Editor)

256 pages, colour & b/w illustrations


Paperback | Jun 2009 | #165694 | ISBN-13: 9780643090583
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About this book

Plankton serves as a tool for measuring water quality. While some guidelines have been developed for the collection and monitoring of freshwater algae (Algal Watch), there are differences between the methods and protocols used to sample estuaries and freshwater systems as well as those used to sample zooplankton.

This practical book gives an introduction to the biology and ecology of plankton and its use as a tool for monitoring water quality. It explores the ecology of plankton, its associated environmental and water quality issues, and its importance as an environmental indicator. A chapter on best practice in sampling and monitoring details how to design, implement and conduct meaningful phytoplankton and zooplankton monitoring programs in marine and freshwater habitats. It gives overviews of the major freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton groups and outlines their associated environmental issues and the management implications.

"Many of the components are worthwhile and will be useful to students, or people without much formal training, trying to sample the plankton. The selection of an appropriate device or method to collect samples and how to preserve those samples is well described. Overall this volume is a useful and timely addition to the field. It reviews much of the knowledge accumulated over the last 50 years in terms of practical methods for the study of plankton. It provides a primer for taxonomy that covers many of the common taxa."
– Peter Allen Thompson, Austral Ecology (2012) 37, e7–e8

"This new book, edited by Iain Suthers and David Rissik, provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of plankton ecology, both basic and applied. Overall, this is an excellent book and I recommend purchasing one for your book shelf."
– Dr. Kerrie Swadling, AMSA Bulletin, No 181, Spring 2009

"There are, in fact, generally very few published books on the ecology of plankton and none to my knowledge that deal with the use of plankton for water monitoring. Thus, this concise introductory book edited by Ian M. Suthers and David Rissik represents a useful addition to the existing literature by integrating general aspects of the ecology and taxonomy of key species of marine and freshwater plankton, with technical approaches and methodological guidelines on water quality monitoring."
– Claudia Castellani, Journal of Plankton Research, Vol 00 No 0, 2009


List of Contributors
The importance of plankton
Principles of plankton and its environment
Plankton-related environmental and water quality issues
Sampling and monitoring plankton
Freshwater phytoplankton
Coastal phytoplankton diversity and ecology
Freshwater zooplankton
Coastal zooplankton diversity and ecology
Models and Management

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