Tropical Aquatic Ecology Mesocosm

Tropical Aquatic Ecology Mesocosm
Legal name of organisation
State University of Goiás
South America
Organisation address

BR153, Nº3105, Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil.

Primary contact information (PI)

Dr. João Carlos Nabout

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Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2019 to present
Description of Facility

The mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology consist of 80 independents tanks (500L each) mimicking small shallow lake, and able to control of water volume, individual filling and drainage. The mesocosm are situated near a shallow oligotrophic reservoir (the water can be used in mesocosm).

The mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology at State University of Goiás was constructed with financial support of National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCT) in Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation (EECBIO), Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Goiás State’s of Research Foundation (FAPEG), and scholarship from INCT EECBio, CNPq, CAPES and Brazilian Network on Global Climate Change Research (Rede CLIMA).

Controlled Parameters

Water volume, nutrients (TP and TN)

Research Topics

Biomonitoring of algae bloom using taxonomic functional and molecular data; Metacommunity; Impact of global climate change (extreme events) on micobiote

Facility location(s)
Primary interests

Microbiote (phytoplankton, zooplankton, 16S rRNA and 18S rRNA)

Specialist areas

Ecology of tropical shallow lakes and limnology


Microscopes, water sensors (e.g. pH, temperature, oxygen, turbidity, chlorophyll-a), nutrients analysis (partner laboratories).

Source of Information
Photos of experiments/installations
Figure 1 Mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology – Phase of constructio (Photo credit: João Nabout)
Figure 2 Mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology – Phase of construction (Photo credit: João Nabout)
Figure 3 Mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology – Pilot of first studies (Photo credit: João Nabout)
Figure 4 Mesocosm of Tropical Aquatic Ecology – Finalized (Photo credit: João Nabout)