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eConference

eConference
The future is here! Got a news mail from The Freshwater blog: MARS-project (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress) will have an on-line 3-day conference (19.-21. September) on The Future of Water Management in Europe: Reviewing WFD Implementation. This they write: "The aim of this e-Conference is to gather constructive and practical suggestions from the scientific community for the improved monitoring and management of waters across Europe and ideas for more effective implementation of the Water Framework Directive. ... A number of keynote speaker...
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Training course on zooplankton identification II

Training course on zooplankton identification II
Last week I spent on the island of Seili, near Turku (Finland). Together with Prof. emeritus Ilppo Vuorinen teaching an eager, international group of people how to identify and count zooplankton and how to use the microscopes. The course was organized by the university of Turku, The Archipelago Research Institute at their research station. I am looking forward to the next time!
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Training course on zooplankton identification

Training course on zooplankton identification
Now there is a great chance to learn to know our little friends living under the surface of the Baltic Sea - zooplankton. Take a look at this course organized by the university of Turku, Finland: Training course on zooplankton identification. Together with Prof. emeritus Ilppo Vuorinen and Doc. emerita Marjut Rajasilta I will be guiding you through this interesting subject, leaning on my more than 15 years of experience on counting zooplankton. You can also follow the project on Research gate.
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Diatom Flora of Britain and Ireland

Diatom Flora of Britain and Ireland
A new algae site has seen the light: Diatom Flora of Britain and Ireland. Looks nice and solid. Much information about the morphology and very nice pictures. Major part of them clear black and white photos of prepared, cleaned frustules. I would have expected more photos with chloroplasts though, knowing Eileen Cox is involved. She did write a whole book back in 1996 about the inner life of the diatoms - giving us algae counters valuable information on how to use chloroplasts in identifying diatoms in our chloroplast containing samples. At the moment there is almost 200 records and...
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New phytoplankton key

New phytoplankton key
Today the programming of the new, visual phytoplankton key started. New approach, both to content and illustration, should make a change. I can see a whole new generation of plankton identifiers clapping their hands eagerly. Although more and more identification work is taken over by DNA-specialists and automatised analysis, there is still need for good old-fashioned identification work. Here is a thing coming that makes it more easy to get a hold of the fascinating art of identifying algae. And other organisms, by the way. Programming is in the competent hands of Startle Company Oy, I s...
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Water Map

Water Map
Today a new version of the Water Map of Finland was published. One can see a particular water, or over a larger area. Like the island of Kemiö: If you choose to see the ecological status of the waters, you get this: Yellow means "moderate" status. The Archipelago Sea is not feeling well. And that we all know, who live near by. Only 5 lakes have any kind of ecological status on the island of Kemiö. Maybe when the next Ecological-program of the municipality will get running, we will get the rest of the lakes evaluated as well. Lake Dragsfjärden has also status moderate, which s...
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Phacus rotunda in Finland

Phacus rotunda in Finland
You might like to call all the large Phacus with a long tail just longicauda. But no. There is more to it. Ever since Ehrenberg described the species in 1831 there has been a wide variety of names for different taxa in this group. A group of Polish researchers recently wrote a nice paper about the Phacus longicauda complex. They described 8 different species, that all have a long tail.There is a nest of Euglenid-experts in Poland. We had the great pleasure to have one of the best ones to be our guest at the annual meeting of the Finnish Phytoplankton Association last spring in Jyväskylä - prof...
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Blue-green algae test

The Technical Research Centre of Finland LTD (VTT) and the University of Turku, Finland are developing a simple, do-it-yourself test for detecting the presence of toxic blue-green algae in water: http://www.utu.fi/en/news/articles/Pages/Novel-Testing-Device-for-Blue-green-Algae.aspx At the moment it looks like this: Picture: Pirjo Hakkarainen VTT Now this should be taken to th next level - make it commercial. Interested? Contact VTT.   22-6-2016: They still need somebody to commercialise it. Take a look: Video  
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3D data from FEI

Hmm... I wonder if this can be used to 3dimensionate algae? http://www.fei.com/products/sem/teneo-vs-sem-for-life-sciences/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonv6vKZKXonjHpfsX57essXaGg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YIET8J0aPyQAgobGp5I5FENTrjYTK1jt6QMUw%3D%3DIt would make approaching the wonderful world of alge so much easier to all the people who now have to live - on a daily basis - without this precious flavouring their lives. Not to mention the benefit of being able to identify our little friends with less effort.Take a look at the video.
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The importance of microscopical analyse of algae

What a pleasure to read the article "Resolving variability of phytoplankton species composition and blooms in coastal ecosystems" of Riina Klais, James E. Cloern and Paul J. Harrison in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, where they point out the importance of microscopical analysis of phytoplankton in the following way: "Despite of the preliminary difficulties in using the existing phytoplankton time series data for cross system comparisons, most studies that have been global to date have used either model outputs or satellite observations, and even the latter do not come close to the level...
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