Twelfth International Diatom Symposium

Proceedings of the Twelfth International Diatom Symposium, Renesse, The Netherlands, 30 August – 5 September 1992

  • Herman van Dam
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 90)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Invited address

  3. Life cycle and systematics

    1. J. P. Kociolek, E. F. Stoermer
      Pages 31-38
  4. Marine diatoms, climatic change

  5. Toxic diatoms

    1. Rita A. Horner, James R. Postel
      Pages 197-205
    2. M. C. Villac, D. L. Roelke, T. A. Villareal, G. A. Fryxell
      Pages 213-224
  6. Brackish water

  7. Running water

  8. Lakes

  9. Experimental ecology

  10. Research tools

About these proceedings


The Twelfth International Diatom Symposium stressed how diatoms can be used to assess the human impact on natural waters, without neglecting other important fields of research.
As the frustules of many diatom species are relatively resistant to dissolution they are preserved in freshwater and marine sediments and provide a record of past environments on earth. In past decades they have been successfully used to reconstruct changes in water bodies evoked by changes in salinity, acidification and eutrophication. In the last few years diatom-inferred predictions of environmental variables have become much more quantitative.
In the most recent research reports the strong separation between palaeolimnological and neolimnological diatom research is fading, as palaeolimnologists are increasingly using modern calibration sets to infer past states of the environment. This quantitative approach is also very suitable for prediction of future changes in the biota of surface waters. Also ecological changes due to climatic modification have been investigated more thoroughly recently. A very important new research topic is the occurrence of toxic diatoms, particularly along the coasts of North America. These proceedings are intended to be a balanced view of such modern developments in diatom research. They should also be of interest to non-specialists in diatoms, who can use the results of diatom research as a tool in a more general taxonomic, ecological and geological context.


Danube Ecology Eutrophication benthic biodiversity ecotone environment limnology macrophytes phytoplankton plankton water quality wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Herman van Dam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aquatic EcologyDLO-Institute for Forestry and Nature ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4324-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3622-0
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