Interlaboratory Proficiency Test 12/2017 - Phytoplankton

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Title: Interlaboratory Proficiency Test 12/2017 - Phytoplankton
Author: Vuorio, Kristiina; Björklöf, Katarina; Hällfors, Heidi; Jokipii, Reija; Järvinen, Marko; Lehtinen, Sirpa; Kuosa, Harri; Leivuori, Mirja; Ilmakunnas, Markku
Belongs to series: Reports of the Finnish Environment Institute 6/2018
ISSN: 1796-1726
ISBN: 978-952-11-4918-4
Abstract: Proftest SYKE organized in 2017 the fifth virtual phytoplankton proficiency test based on filmed and preserved material. A total of 39 persons from 32 organizations and 11 European countries took part in the test. The test material represented phytoplankton typically occuring in boreal lakes and in the Baltic Sea. The test included three components: 1) identification of lake and/or Baltic Sea taxa, 2) phytoplankton counting and 3) measurement of cell dimensions. Most of the participants demonstrated satisfactory phytoplankton identification skills and proficiency to perform phytoplankton counts and measurements. In the lake phytoplankton identification test 92 % of the participants reached satisfactory results. The corresponding percentage in the Baltic Sea phytoplankton identification test was 100 %. All participants (100 %) performed both the counting and the measurement tests successfully.
Date: 2018

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