MESOCOSM GmbH

Name
MESOCOSM GmbH

Legal name of organisation
Institut für Gewaesserschutz

Country
Germany

Continent
Europe

Organisation address

Institut für Gewaesserschutz
Neu-Ulrichstein 5
D-35315 Homberg (Ohm)

Primary contact information (PI)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Ebke

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments

Description of Facility

outdoor – pelagic/benthic – freshwater

18 to 25 land-based microcosms/mesocosms

Controlled Parameters

toxins

Research Topics

ecotoxicilogy, phytoplankton, macrozoobenthos, emerging insects, plankton, macrophytes, periphyton

Facility location(s)

50.7527558,9.0331164

Primary interests

Specialist areas

Equipment

Analysis of physical-chemical parameters e.g. temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, water hardness, ammonium, nitrate and phosphate
Especially designed traps and equipment is used to monitor biological parameters like macrozoobenthos, emerging insects, plankton, macrophytes and periphyton by a well trained team to ensure consistent and appropriate sampling processes.
At MESOCOSM GmbH we can identify and count phytoplankton and periphyton via microscope, but also by using delayed fluorescence technique. This allows a close observation of the development of the algae community.

Lodging

Photos of experiments/installations

Mesocosm GmbH – schematic design of the test facility

Mesocosm test basins