Using desmid community diversity as an indicator of land use impacts in blanket bog catchments

This NPWS funded research project (2023) is led by ATU Galway City. The aim of this project is to identify differences in desmid (a type of phytoplankton) community composition among dystrophic lakes impacted by different land-uses (grazing, peat cutting, forestry and unimpacted). This information will be used to develop desmid species lists to indicate whether a lake is in a favourable or unfavourable conservation status to help inform the EU Habitats Directive.

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Assistant Lecturer and Researcher in Freshwater Ecology
Philip Keena
Research Assistant
Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Freshwater Ecology and Biology