Advanced Training course: INTRODUCTION TO FRESHWATER MICRO-ALGAE – FOCUS ON DIATOM

  1. Organization
  • Host: Can Tho University
  • Date: 02/04/2018 – 06/04/2018
  • Venue: Meeting room, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University
  • Lecturers: Dr. Loic Tudesque. Paul Sabatier University, France
  • Attendants: total of 9 including staff and MSc students shown in following table:

 

No. Names University Staff Students Nationality
1 Trinh Thi Lan AGU X Vietnam
2 Huynh Phuoc Vinh CTU X Vietnam
3 Nguyen Thi Kim Lien CTU X Vietnam
4 Nguyen Cong Thuan CTU X Vietnam
5 Huynh Cong Khanh CTU X Vietnam
6 Sophany Phauk RUPP X Cambodia
7 Socheat Chrea UBB X Cambodia
8 Tran Thi Thap Hieu CTU MSc Vietnam
9 Siwema Luvanga CTU MSc Tanzania

Note: Number of attendants registered for this ATC was 14 but 5 MSc students could not attend as they had to take course which was taken place at the same time of ATC.

 

  1. Contents of the course
  2. THE DIATOMs – INTRODUCTION
  3. History of the study of diatoms and evolutionary history
  4. The diatoms in the living world and among phyla of freshwater algae
  • What is micro-algae?
  • The phyla of algae
  • Overview of the major phyla of micro-algae
  1. Biology of diatoms (the cell, the asexual and sexual reproduction, persistence)
  • The frustule : Hallmark of the diatoms
  • Asexual preproduction
  • Sexual preproduction
  • Synthesis: diatoms identity card
  1. Place of diatoms in the biosphere
  • Roles in the bio-geo-chemical cycles
  • Roles in food webs
  1. Ecology of Diatom
  2. Use of Diatom
  3. DIATOMS AND THE BIO-INDICATION
  4. Introduction: Freshwater ecosystems in
    the context of global change
  5. What is a bioindicator?
  6. The diatoms as bio-indicators –
    advantages and disadvantages
  7. Comparison with other bioindicators in
    aquatic environments
  8. Sampling of the phytobenthos in lakes
  • THE BIOLOGICAL DIATOM INDEX – BDI
  1. Reasons for a new index
  2. History and improvement of the BDI
  3. Fields of application of the DBI
    and limits
  4. Diatoms, BDI and standardization
  5. Specific Pollution-sensitivity Index – SPI
  6. Additional metrics
  7. Exercise: Bioindication
  8. PLACE OF THE BIOLOGICAL DIATOM INDEX – BDI – IN THE EUROPEAN WATER FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
  9. Objectives of the WFD
  10. Methodology for the assessment of the
    ecological status – General principles
  11. Specific case of the phytobenthos
  12. Exercise: Bioindication
  13. INITATION TO DIATOMS – TAXONOMY
  14. Basic features of diatom taxonomy
    – Symmetry, raphe system, ornementation
  15. Centric diatoms
  • Theory
  • Practical – identify genera under microscopy
  1. Pennate araphid diatoms
  • Theory
  • Practical – identify genera under microscopy
  1. Pennate brachyraphid diatoms
  • Theory
  • Practical – identify genera under microscopy
  1. Pennate monoraphid diatoms
  • Theory
  • Practical – identify genera under microscopy
  1. Pennate biraphid diatoms
  • Theory
  • Practical – identify genera under microscopy
  1. SAMPLING
  2. Field sampling
  • Collecting plankton and periphyton samples in Can Tho river and in fish tanks
  1. Lab work
  • Treating sample
  • Recognize algae under microscopy – look for diatoms
  • FINAL TEST
  • Identify number of genera in a speciment slide

 

Certification: at the end of the course, most of participants were awarded a certificate certified his/her participation of the course.

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