Application of Microcosm and Mesocosm Experiments to Pollutant Effects in Biofilms

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Abstract

The search for causal relationships of the effects of pollutants on biofilms requires experimental alternatives that allow careful hypothesis testing. Mesocosms are designed to replicate river ecosystems, and their manipulation translates to similar effects to be expected in real ecosystems. Microcosms allow even simple experimental conditions and much higher replication than the ones in mesocosms, though the scale is far smaller than the one existing in a real ecosystem. Observations from microcosm and mesocosm experiments are complementary to field observations, and results may shed light to patterns described in natural ecosystems.

Keywords:

Biofilms Field observations Mesococosm Microcosm Pollutants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Aquatic EcologyUniversity of GironaGironaSpain
  2. 2.Catalan Institute for Water Research -ICRAScientific and Technological Park of the University of GironaGironaSpain

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