Using in situ substratum sterilization and fluorescence microscopy in studies of microscopic stages of marine macroalgae

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Edwards, M. S. (1999). Using in situ substratum sterilization and fluorescence microscopy in studies of microscopic stages of marine macroalgae. Hydrobiologia, 398, 253-259.
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TitleUsing in situ substratum sterilization and fluorescence microscopy in studies of microscopic stages of marine macroalgae
AuthorsS. Edwards
AbstractThe methods currently used for examining the relative contribution of microscopic stages to the persistence of natural populations of marine macroalgae can be inappropriate for use in subtidal habitats. Also, because of their microscopic size, direct examination and obtaining an estimate of recruitment, growth and mortality of these stages in the field is difficult. A method of removing microscopic algal stages from natural rock surfaces using watertight tents and water-soluble chemicals is presented. Also discussed is the use of a previously described method of fluorescent labelling these microscopic stages that, when examined under UV light, allows for their precise identification and growth to be determined. Together, these methods can be effective in examining the ecology of algal microscopic stages in the field.
JournalHydrobiologia
Date1999
Volume398-399
Start page253
End page259
ISSN00188158
Subjectsenvironmental monitoring, fluorescence, life history, macroalga, microscopy
NoteCited By (since 1996):1, Seaweeds, CODEN: HYDRB

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