Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Tagliapietra D., Cornello M., Ghirardini A. Monitoring transitional waters using reduced benthic assemblages. In: Environment International, vol. 31 (7) pp. 1089 - 1093. Pergamon-elsevier Science Ltd, 2005.
"In this study, the use of reduced assemblages of benthic invertebrate taxa, is proposed to describe similarity relationships between samples from transitional environments. A data set from four different studies, made up of 641 samples for a total 203 species, was analysed using permutation randomisation tests in order to extract a pool of taxa able to approximate the full set of species. The identified ""operational set"", comprising 19 taxa, was capable of adequately reproduce similarity relationships between samples (Rho>0.90,p<0.001). All selected taxa were easily extractable from the samples and easy identifiable by non-specialised technicians, these characteristics were considered appropriate for the development of rapid and cost-effective monitoring procedures based on benthic invertebrate assemblages. (C) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved."
DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2005.05.019
Subject biomonitoring
Lagoon of Venice
multivariate analysis
operational set

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