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Meiofauna responses to man-made perturbations (Was AE0218 1/4/96) - AE1103

R&D Summary Objectives:- Establish 'in-house' procedures for the routine study of meiofauna (organisms <0.5mm) and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this approach against conventional MAFF surveys of the larger benthic fauna. Key Customer Purpose:- Provide MAFF with an improved means of assessing and monitoring the biological effects of sewage sludge, dredged spoil and colliery waste, on benthic communities.
1.To establish 'in-house' methodology for the field sampling and laboratory analysis of meiofauna on a routine basis. 2.To produce a manual of Standard Operating procedures defining the approaches to be followed and the correct use of taxonomic keys, to allow such work to be undertaken by existing staff or, with only limited training and guidance, by new recruits. 3.To apply meiofauna studies to assessments of anthropogenic effects alongside established approaches at the Burnham Laboratory. 4.To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of meiofauna studies relative to other established measures of biological effect. 5.To further develop laboratory bioassays using meiofauna cultures, and assess their utillity against other comparable test procedures, and the outcome of field surveys. 6.To produce a comprehensive report on the three-year project.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1998

Cost: £66,322
Contractor / Funded Organisations
UCNW, Ocean Sciences
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine