Title: The use of tubificidae in a biological early warning system
Authors: Leynen, M ×
Van den Berckt, T
Aerts, Jean-Marie
Castelein, B
Berckmans, Daniel
Ollevier, Frans #
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Elsevier sci ltd
Series Title: Environmental pollution vol:105 issue:1 pages:151-154
Abstract: Tubificidae are aquatic annelids which occur abundantly in organically polluted waters. The anterior end of their body is buried in the sediment, while the posterior end moves in the water. This posterior end is (partly) retracted in the sediment in the presence of defined concentrations of pollutants. The retraction can be followed visually (qualitative) or can be monitored by videocamera and quantified by digital image analysis. The latter presents the advantage of a continuous recording that is always processed the same way. Our preliminary results indicate that digital image analysis is an accurate technique for the quantification of the behavioural response of Tubificidae to pollutants. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. till rights reserved.
ISSN: 0269-7491
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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