Microcosm Studies

Microcosm Studies

The microcosm facility was installed at our research farm early in 2017

The facility consists of 48 sunken ponds

Each of the units have established populations of aquatic invertebrates and plants

Application

Can be conducted to provide a consistent spray over the surface of the microcosm

Can be conducted using very small volumes

Surface and depth integrated sampling methods available for dose verification

Biological sampling

Methodology has been developed to sample and observe a variety of organisms:

Depth integrated sampling for zooplankton

Aquatic plant substrates

Colonisers for benthic invertebrates

Emergence traps and enclosures