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The purpose of this study was to explore efficient methods of harvesting the microalga Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Natural sedimentation experiments, performed at different light and temperature conditions, did not yield significant improvements in efficiency even after 1 week. When alkalinity-induced flocculation was performed, both the flocculation(More)
Changes in dissolved nutrients in the lower Ebro River: Causes and consequences Water quality time series data regarding nutrient concentration and chlorophyll in the lower Ebro River and its estuary were analyzed over an 18 year period (1987-2004). Causes and consequences of changes in nutrient concentration are discussed and some hypotheses about it are(More)
Rivers and streams affected by mining activities often receive short-term sharp salinity increases due to water-soluble stockpiled materials being washed into receiving water bodies. We conducted a mesocosm study to explore the response of structural (diatom and stream invertebrate communities) and functional descriptors (chlorophyll a concentration, fungal(More)
The lower Ebro River (Catalonia, Spain) has recently undergone a regime shift from a phytoplankton-dominated to a macrophyte-dominated system. This shift is well known in shallow lakes but apparently it has never been documented in rivers. Two initial hypotheses to explain the collapse of the phytoplankton were considered: a) the diminution of nutrients(More)
DNA barcoding, being developed for biomonitoring, requires a database of reference sequences and knowledge of how much sequences can deviate before they are assigned to separate species. The molecular hunt for hidden species also raises the question of species definitions. We examined whether there are objective criteria for sequence-based species(More)
Diatom indices are used to evaluate the ecological status of rivers but they have been rarely applied in estuaries. This study aimed to identify the diatom species indicating the main environmental gradients and pressures in a highly stratified estuary; and to evaluate the applicability of existing freshwater diatom indices. Marine influence due to(More)
Present-day altered distribution of the natural habitats in the Ebro Delta is consequence of intensive human settlement in the last two centuries. We developed spatial predictive models of potential natural wetland habitats of the Ebro Delta based on ecogeographical predictors and presence/pseudo-absence data for each habitat. The independent variables(More)
In the Ebro River basin, point and diffuse pollution of heavy metals stems mainly from industry and agriculture. Bioaccumulation patterns were examined under different pollution sources (point and diffuse) using levels of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn) in abdominal muscle tissue of Procambarus clarkii. P. clarkii captured under point source(More)
Knowledge concerning the ability of microalgae to produce metabolites of interest such as toxins or high-value secondary metabolites requires exhaustive details to be supplied on how the research was conducted. These should include the microalgal species and strain characterization, the culture conditions, the cell density, and physiological state at the(More)
The genus Simonsenia is reviewed and S. aveniformis described as new for science by light and electron microscopy. The new species originated from estuarine environments in southern Iberia (Atlantic coast) and was isolated into culture. In LM, Simonsenia resembles Nitzschia, with bridges (fibulae) beneath the raphe, which is marginal. It is only electron(More)