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Laboratory of Plankton and Shellfish toxicity
At the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, planktonology research has a long tradition, dating since the very beginnings of the Institute activities. Working in the lab combines research in ecology and phytoplankton and zooplankton taxology, and researching primary production processes. Taxonomy research is mostly focused on microzooplankton, mezozooplankton and microphytoplankton, while in the ecological research most of the attention is on the research of phytoplankton and zooplankton community changes created under the influence of anthropogenic activities and climate changes. In this research of great help is long-term data (phytoplankton, zooplankton, primary production, chlorophyll / a /), which represent a special value of this laboratory and the Institute itself.
A special activity of this Laboratory is in fundamental research of toxic phytoplankton, from which emerged an applied research in testing of shellfish toxicity.
Based on scientific references of associate laboratories, as the international intercalibration in the area of toxic phytoplankton and analysis of phycotoxins, the Laboratory in 2008. received the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, and at the same time, being the only Croatian laboratory with accreditation in this area, the Laboratory is in the process of nomination for the National Reference Laboratory.