Challenges of diatom-based biological monitoring and assessment of streams in developing countries

Bere, Taurai (2015) Challenges of diatom-based biological monitoring and assessment of streams in developing countries. ISSN 0944-1344 (In Press)

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-015-5790-y

Abstract

Stream biomonitoring tools are largely lacking for many developing countries, resulting in adoption of tools developed from other countries/regions. In many instances, however, the applicability of adopted tools to the new system has not been explicitly evaluated. The objective of this study was to test the applicability of foreign diatom-based water quality assessment indices to streams in Zimbabwe, with the view to highlight challenges being faced in diatom-based biological monitoring in this developing country. The study evaluated the relationship between measured water quality variables and diatom index scores and observed some degree of concordance between water quality variables and diatom index scores emphasising the importance of diatom indices in characterization and monitoring of stream ecological conditions in developing countries. However, ecological requirements of some diatom species need to be clarified and incorporated in a diatom-based water quality assessment protocol unique to these regions. Resources should be channelled towards tackling challenges associated with diatom-based biological monitoring, principally taxonomic studies, training of skilled labour and acquiring and maintaining the necessary infrastructure. Meanwhile, simpler coarse taxonomy-based rapid bioassessment protocol, which are is less time and resource consuming and require less specialised manpower can be developed for the country.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Chinhoyi University of Technology
Depositing User: Prof Taurai Bere
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2015 12:30
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2015 12:30
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/1023

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