Recommendations for the collection, preparation and enumeration of diatoms from riverine habitats for water quality monitoring in South Africa

  • Jonathan C Taylor School for Environmental Science and Development, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2520, South Africa
  • PA Arno de la Rey School for Environmental Science and Development, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2520, South Africa
  • Leon van Rensburg School for Environmental Science and Development, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2520, South Africa
Keywords: archiving, biomonitoring, diatom-based indices, diatoms, enumeration, preparation, sampling, water quality assessment

Abstract

Diatoms have become important organisms for monitoring freshwaters and their value has been recognised for cross-border water quality monitoring in the European Union. If South Africa is to include diatoms in the current suite of bioindicators, then thorough testing of diatom-based techniques is required. This paper provides guidance on methods through all stages of diatom collection, preparation and examination for the purposes of water quality assessment.

African Journal of Aquatic Science 2005, 30(1): 65–75
Published
2005-08-03
Section
Articles