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REFERENCE MATERIAL FOR THE ANALYSIS OF PLANKTON

Objective


An intercomparison on trace elements in plankton between 18 laboratories has revealed the presence of systematic sources of errors in the determinations. The difficulties of analysis of plankton material are not matched using other marine reference materials (RM) such as sediments. Consequently, the certification of some trace elements in plankton has been carried out to complete the list of certified RMs (CRM) already existing for marine and freshwater monitoring. The plankton material has been certified for its contents of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, mercury, nickel, manganese, lead, selenium, vanadium and zinc.
The analyses of phyto- and zooplankton are important to investigate the transfer of toxic elements along the trophic chain and the kinetics of uptake of these elements to define the role of these organisms in the biogeochemical pathways and to compare the levels of contamination of different aquatic environments. An intercomparison on trace elements in plankton between 18 laboratories (AIOL) has revealed the presence of systematic sources of errors in the determinations. The difficulties of analysis of plankton material are not matched using other marine RMs such as sediments. Consequently, the certification of some trace elements in plankton was proposed to complete the list of CRMs already existing for marine and freswhater monitoring (see projects nr. 250 and 264).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Labor für Spurenanalytik
Address
Altenahrer Straße 9
53501 Grafschaft
Germany

Participants (14)

Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
Greece
Address
Univ. Box 462
54006 Thessaloniki
Danish Geotechnical Institute
Denmark
Address
1,Maglebjergvej
2800 Lyngby
European Communities - Commission of the European Communities - Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Italy
Address
Via E. Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
GSF - FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER UMWELT UND GESUNDHEIT GMBH
Germany
Address
Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
I.N.W. - Univeristeit Gent
Belgium
Address
86,Proeftuinstraat
9000 Gent
M STOEPPLER
Germany
Address
Mariengartenstraße 1A
52428 Jülich
NCR-Demokritos
Greece
Address

153 01 Agia Paraskai Attikis
National Food Administration
Sweden
Address

75126 Uppsala
Presidio Multizonale di Prevenzione
Italy
Address
Campo Della Lana 601
30125 Venezia
Risø National Laboratory
Denmark
Address

4000 Roskilde
Universidad Complutense
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid
Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen
Belgium
Address
1,Universiteitsplein
2610 Wilrijk
Universiteit Gent -I.N.W.
Belgium
Address
86,Proeftuinstraat
9000 Gent
Università degli Studi di Pavia
Italy
Address
Viale Taramelli 12
27100 Pavia