TITLE

Seven Reasons Why Protists Make Useful Bioindicators

AUTHOR(S)
PAYNE, Richard J.
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Acta Protozoologica;2013, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p105
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To introduce the special issue this paper reviews the use of protists as bioindicators. Seven key advantages of protist bioindicators are highlighted, namely: environmental sensitivity, functional importance, distribution, size and numbers, response times, ease of analysis and preservation potential. Protist bioindicators have been used in a wide range of contexts from monitoring ecosystem restoration to fire history, and particularly environmental pollution. Most major protist groups have been used as bioindicators with diatoms, foraminifera and testate amoebae particularly widely studied. To increase uptake of protist bioindication methods in routine environmental monitoring technique development should consider the needs of stakeholders from an early stage. Papers in this special issue reflect the diversity of both protist life and possible bioindicator applications.
ACCESSION #
93452728

 

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