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Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10003
Finanziato nell'ambito di: FP5-INCO 2
Paese: Greece

Technical protocols tuned to local needs to estimate macro and meiofauna diversity in the intertidal zone of the beach

Two technical protocols are included in this deliverable for the benthic fauna: the first refers to the benthic macrofauna and the second to the benthic meiofauna. All organisms that can be retained in a 0.5 mm sieve are included in the first category, as far as the Mediterranean habitats are concerned; organisms with maximum dimension between 60µm and 0.5 mm are included in what is called the "meiofaunal fraction (/component)". In this deliverable the equipement and the sampling process to be followed for both components are provided in order to disseminate an accurate and state-of-the-art protocol. Both components are cited among the corner stones of the biodiversity research in benthic marine ecosystems. Details on the measurement of the potentially associated environmental variables are also included in the protocols.Both protocols are provided in an easy and simple manner so that even non-trained personnel can use it with little chance of mistakes.

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HELLENIC CENTRE OF MARINE RESEARCH
Former American Base of Gournes
71003 Heraklion
Greece