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Freshwater Ecology and ConservationApproaches and Techniques$
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Jocelyne Hughes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766384

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198766384.001.0001

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Microorganisms 2

Microorganisms 2

Viruses, prokaryotes, fungi, protozoans, and microscopic metazoans

(p.157) 8 Microorganisms 2
Freshwater Ecology and Conservation

Julia Reiss

Oxford University Press

Organisms that are invisible to the naked eye are the most abundant component of any freshwater community. These tiny organisms span domains and phyla and include viruses, prokaryotes (archae and bacteria), protists (single-celled eukaryotes such as single-celled fungi, algae, and protozoans) and multicellular fungi and microscopic metazoans (such as nematodes). This chapter gives an overview of microscopically small organisms, including their contribution to biodiversity, and techniques used by biologists studying these organisms in fresh waters, such as sampling regimes and methods used in the laboratory. To conclude, three case studies are given which have the same aim: to estimate the abundance and activity of microscopically small organisms in natural, freshwater communities.

Keywords:   virus, bacteria, fungi, protozoan, microscopic metazoan, phage, protist, microbe, meiofauna, zooplankton

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