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dc.contributor.authorWilbraham, Joanna
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-27T15:48:00Z
dc.date.available2020-10-27T15:48:00Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.date.submitted2020-09-30
dc.identifier.citationWilbraham, J. 'Conservation challenges for a microscopic world: documenting desmids'.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10141/622867
dc.description.abstractFreshwaters are amongst the most threatened habitats in the world. Many waters in the UK have irreversibly changed or disappeared and those that remain are under immense pressure largely due to habitat loss, pollution, recreation, abstraction and the introduction of nonnative species. Climate change is also becoming a major concern for freshwater life. The conservation of biodiversity associated with freshwaters has for obvious reasons focused on the larger animal and plant species, however, microorganisms such as the algae play a fundamental role in these ecosystems and constitute rich assemblages which are also threatened. Desmids are a diverse group of freshwater microalgae which dominate the algal flora of nutrient poor, lentic waters and are particularly diverse in such oligotrophic habitats as moorland pools and shallow lakes. They are ecologically highly sensitive, acting as useful indicators of water quality. The conservation of microscopic organisms poses many difficulties due to taxonomic impediments and lack of knowledge of ecology and distribution. To gain a better understanding of desmid distribution patterns across the UK and Ireland this project has undertaken the digitisation of 50 years worth of biological recording data collated by desmid expert David Williamson. Reliable datasets of species occurrence are essential to biodiversity research and conservation so these data, in conjunction with published literature, will provide a basis for developing a more robust checklist of verified desmid taxa known to occur in the UK and Ireland and provide distribution information for these taxa. Furthermore, this will enable us to review the conservation status of the desmid flora and provide data of practical use in the designation and management of protected freshwater habitats.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBritish Phycological Societyen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://brphycsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Handbook-FINAL.pdfen_US
dc.rightsopenAccessen_US
dc.titleConservation challenges for a microscopic world: Documenting desmidsen_US
dc.typeConference Proceedingsen_US
dc.identifier.journalThe 68th British Phycological Society Meeting, 6 – 9 January 2020en_US
dc.conference.date2000-01 - 2000-01en_US
dc.conference.nameBritish Phycological Society Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.locationPlymouthen_US
dc.identifier.startpage68en_US
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group
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pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups/Collections
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Functional groups/Collections/LS Collections
pubs.organisational-group/Natural History Museum/Science Group/Life Sciences
dc.embargoNot knownen_US
elements.import.authorWilbraham, Jen_US
dc.description.nhm© British Phycological Society. Final manuscript version attached.en_US
dc.subject.nhmfreshwateren_US
dc.subject.nhmmicroalgaeen_US
dc.subject.nhmBiological recordingen_US
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