Quantitative and molecular methods for phytoplankton analysis

Novosel, Nives (2016) Quantitative and molecular methods for phytoplankton analysis. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Phytoplankton organisms are photosynthetic autotrophic organisms which are the first link of the food chain of aquatic ecosystems. Furthermore, they have the potential to serve as indicators of hydro-climatic change resulting from global warming as well as other environmental impacts. Under certain environmental conditions phytoplankton can experience elevated growth rates and attain high cell densities. This is known as an algal bloom. Some algal blooms are natural events, but there are species which cause toxic, harmful blooms. For this reason, it is important to work on programs for monitoring of phytoplankton, which include the identification and quantification of species. In this paper, the most popular and commonly used method for the analysis of phytoplankton based on microscopic observation of morphological characteristics of cells, as well as molecular methods based on the genetic diversity of phytoplankton organisms, has been presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Plenković-Moraj, Anđelka
Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 18
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Palma Dizdarevic
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 12:17
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 12:17
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/5525

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