Dr. Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen

Dr. Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Building: 6.0
Room: 318
Phone: +49 341 235 1523

Dr. Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen 

Curriculum Vitae

Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen received her PhD in Hydrobiology at the Brandenburg University of Cottbus, Germany in the Department of Freshwater Conservation studying plankton input and dynamics in lowland streams. She continued her work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department Chemical Ecotoxicology and the Department Effect Propagation at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in the research areas of community ecotoxicology and site-specific toxicity assessment of aquatic systems. From 2005 to 2010 she was involved in the EU-projects MODELKEY and KeyBioEffects as a leading scientist. Since 2005 she has been working as a senior scientist at the Department Bioanalytical Ecotoxicology - UFZ leading the research group aquatic stress ecology. Since 2011 she has been holding a teaching assignment at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg with lectures related to aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology.

Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen`s research interests concern community responses to multiple stressors and contaminants with special focus on biofilm ecology. Her work is based on ecological concepts like stress/pollution-induced community tolerance (SICT/PICT). In order to understand the underlying processes of stress responses, she investigates molecular responses like metabolomics and links them to phenotypic observations including physiologically-based (photosynthesis) and ecologically-based parameters (dynamics of species traits, community tolerance). Model systems she is working with rang from algal cultures to periphyton communities. She is performing her research at contaminated field sites. To better understand community dynamics at complex field conditions, she addresses specific research questions, derived from field observations by in-situ field investigations and in model-ecosystems like mesocosms (MOBICOS).


2018 (3)

  • Brack, W., Escher, B.I., Müller, E., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Schulze, T., Slobodnik, J., Hollert, H., (2018):
    Towards a holistic and solution-oriented monitoring of chemical status of European water bodies: how to support the EU strategy for a non-toxic environment?
    Environ. Sci. Eur. 30 , art. 33
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  • Larras, F., Billoir, E., Baillard, V., Siberchicot, A., Scholz, S., Wubet, T., Tarkka, M., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Delignette-Muller, M.-L., (2018):
    DRomics: A turnkey tool to support the use of the dose–response framework for omics data in ecological risk assessment
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 52 (24), 14461 - 14468
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  • Polst, B.H., Anlanger, C., Risse-Buhl, U., Larras, F., Hein, T., Weitere, M., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2018):
    Hydrodynamics alter the tolerance of autotrophic biofilm communities toward herbicides
    Front. Microbiol. 9 , art. 2884
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2017 (3)

  • Jahnke, A., Arp, H.P.H., Escher, B.I., Gewert, B., Gorokhova, E., Kühnel, D., Ogonowski, M., Potthoff, A., Rummel, C., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Toorman, E., MacLeod, M., (2017):
    Reducing uncertainty and confronting ignorance about the possible impacts of weathering plastic in the marine environment
    Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 4 (3), 85 - 90
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  • Potthoff, A., Oelschlägel, K., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Rummel, C.D., Kühnel, D., (2017):
    From the sea to the laboratory: Characterization of microplastic as prerequisite for the assessment of ecotoxicological impact
    Integr. Environ. Assess. Manag. 13 (3), 500 - 504
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  • Rummel, C.D., Jahnke, A., Gorokhova, E., Kühnel, D., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2017):
    Impacts of biofilm formation on the fate and potential effects of microplastic in the aquatic environment
    Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 4 (7), 258 - 267
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2016 (2)

  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Bley, L.-M., Krumbiegel, M.L., Rotter, S., (2016):
    Induced community tolerance of periphyton towards combined salt and toxic stress
    Freshw. Biol. 61 (12), 2152 - 2161
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  • Tlili, A., Berard, A., Blanck, H., Bouchez, A., Cássio, F., Eriksson, K.M., Morin, S., Montuelle, B., Navarro, E., Pascoal, C., Pesce, S., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Behra, R., (2016):
    Pollution-induced community tolerance (PICT): towards an ecologically relevant risk assessment of hemicals in aquatic systems
    Freshw. Biol. 61 (12), 2141 - 2151
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2015 (2)

  • Riedl, J., Schreiber, R., Otto, M., Heilmeier, H., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2015):
    Metabolic effect level index links multivariate metabolic fingerprints to ecotoxicological effect assessment
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (13), 8096 - 8104
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  • Rotter, S., Gunold, R., Mothes, S., Paschke, A., Brack, W., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2015):
    Pollution-induced community tolerance to diagnose hazardous chemicals in multiple contaminated aquatic systems
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (16), 10048 - 10056
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2014 (3)

  • Feiler, U., Ratte, M., Arts, G., Bazin, C., Brauer, F., Casado, C., Dören, L., Eklund, B., Gilberg, D., Grote, M., Gonsior, G., Hafner, C., Kopf, W., Lemnitzer, B., Liedtke, A., Matthias, U., Okos, E., Pandard, P., Scheerbaum, D., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Stewart, K., Teodorovic, I., Wenzel, A., Pluta, H.-J., (2014):
    Inter-laboratory trial of a standardized sediment contact test with the aquatic plant Myriophyllum aquaticum (ISO 16191)
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 33 (3), 662 - 670
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  • Pannier, A., Soltmann, U., Soltmann, B., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2014):
    Alginate/silica hybrid materials for immobilization of green microalgae Chlorella vulgaris for cell-based sensor arrays
    J. Mat. Chem. B 45 (2), 7896 - 7909
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  • Segner, H., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Sabater, S., (2014):
    Assessing the impact of multiple stressors on aquatic biota: the receptor’s side matters
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (14), 7690 - 7696
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2013 (3)

  • Eigemann, F., Hilt, S., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2013):
    Flow cytometry as a diagnostic tool for the effects of polyphenolic allelochemicals on phytoplankton
    Aquat. Bot. 104 , 5 - 14
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  • Riedl, J., Rotter, S., Faetsch, S., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2013):
    Proposal for applying a component-based mixture approach for ecotoxicological assessment of fracturing fluids
    Environ. Earth Sci. 70 (8), 3907 - 3920
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  • Rotter, S., Heilmeier, H., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2013):
    Multiple stressors in periphyton – comparison of observed and predicted tolerance responses to high ionic loads and herbicide exposure
    J. Appl. Ecol. 50 (6), 1459 - 1468
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2012 (7)

  • Altenburger, R., Scholz, S., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Busch, W., Escher, B.I., (2012):
    Mixture toxicity revisited from a toxicogenomic perspective
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (5), 2508 - 2522
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  • Bonnineau, C., Moeller, A., Barata, C., Bonet, B., Proia, L., Sans-Piché, F., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Guasch, H., Segner, H., (2012):
    Advances in the multibiomarker approach for risk assessment in aquatic ecosystems
    In: Guasch, H., Ginebreda, A., Geiszinger, A., (eds.)
    Emerging and priority pollutants in rivers : bringing science into river management plans
    Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series 19
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 147 - 179
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  • Corcoll, N., Ricart, M., Franz, S., Sans-Piché, F., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Guasch, H., (2012):
    The use of photosynthetic fluorescence parameters from autotrophic biofilms for monitoring the effect of chemicals in river ecosystems
    In: Guasch, H., Ginebreda, A., Geiszinger, A., (eds.)
    Emerging and priority pollutants in rivers : bringing science into river management plans
    Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series 19
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 85 - 115
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  • Frimmel, F.H., Ewers, U., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Gordalla, B., Altenburger, R., (2012):
    Toxikologische Bewertung von Fracking-Fluiden
    Wasser und Abfall 14 (6), 22 - 29
  • Orendt, C., Wolfram, G., Adámek, Z., Jurajda, P., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2012):
    The response of macroinvertebrate community taxa and functional groups to pollution along a heavily impacted river in Central Europe (Bílina River, Czech Republic)
    Biologia 67 (1), 180 - 199
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  • Riedl, J., Kluender, C., Sans-Piché, F., Heilmeier, H., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2012):
    Spatial and temporal variation in metabolic fingerprints of field-growing Myriophyllum spicatum
    Aquat. Bot. 102 , 34 - 43
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  • von der Ohe, P.C., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Slobodnik, J., Brack, W., (2012):
    Triclosan – the forgotten priority substance?
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 19 (2), 585 - 591
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2011 (2)

  • Rotter, S., Sans-Piché, F., Streck, G., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2011):
    Active bio-monitoring of contamination in aquatic systems - an in situ translocation experiment applying the PICT concept
    Aquat. Toxicol. 101 (1), 228 - 236
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., von der Ohe, P.C., Franz, S., Rotter, S., Sabater, S., de Zwart, D., Segner, H., (2011):
    Ecological relevance of key toxicants in aquatic systems
    In: Brack, W., (ed.)
    Effect-directed analysis of complex environmental contamination
    Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series 15
    Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, p. 315 - 340
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2010 (5)

  • Brack, W., Bakker, J.F., de Deckere, E., de Zwart, D., Hamers, T., Hein, M., Leonards, P., Lübcke-von Varel, U., Schmitt, C., Schmitt-Jansen, M., von der Ohe, P.C., (2010):
    MODELKEY. European rivers under toxic stress
    In: Settele, J., Penev, L., Georgiev, T., Grabaum, R., Grobelnik, V., Hammen, V., Klotz, S., Kotarac, M., Kühn, I., (eds.)
    Atlas of biodiversity risk
    Pensoft, Sofia, p. 116 - 118
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  • Hein, M., Rotter, S., Schmitt-Jansen, M., von der Ohe, P.C., Brack, W., de Deckere, E., Schmitt, C., de Zwart, D., Posthuma, L., Foekema, E.M., Muñoz, I., Sabater, S., Segner, H., Semenzin, E., Markomini, A., van Gils, J., van Hattum, B., van Vliet, L.A., (2010):
    MODELKEY. Key findings and recommendations for reaching the EU Water Framework Directive's quality objectives
    UWSF 22 (3), 217 - 228
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  • Sans-Piché, F., Kluender, C., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2010):
    Anchoring metabolic changes to phenotypic effects in the chlorophyte Scenedesmus vacuolatus under chemical exposure
    Mar. Environ. Res. 69 (Suppl. 1), 528 - 530
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  • Schmitt, C., Vogt, C., Van Ballaer, B., Brix, R., Suettens, A., Schmitt-Jansen, M., de Deckere, E., (2010):
    In situ cage experiments with Potamopyrgus antipodarum-A novel tool for real life exposure assessment in freshwater ecosystems
    Ecotox. Environ. Safe. 73 (7), 1574 - 1579
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  • Schulze, T., Weiss, S., Schymanski, E., von der Ohe, P.C., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., Streck, G., Brack, W., (2010):
    Identification of a phytotoxic photo-transformation product of diclofenac using effect-directed analysis
    Environ. Pollut. 158 (5), 1461 - 1466
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2009 (3)

  • Geiszinger, A., Bonnineau, C., Faggiano, L., Guasch, H., López-Doval, J.C., Proia, L., Ricart, M., Ricciardi, F., Romaní, A., Rotter, S., Muñoz, I., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Sabater, S., (2009):
    The relevance of the community approach linking chemical and biological analyses in pollution assessment
    Trac-Trends Anal. Chem. 28 (5), 619 - 626
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  • Kluender, C., Sans-Piché, F., Riedl, J., Altenburger, R., Härtig, C., Laue, G., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2009):
    A metabolomics approach to assessing phytotoxic effects on the green alga Scenedesmus vacuolatus
    Metabolomics 5 (1), 59 - 71
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  • Rodil, R., Moeder, M., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2009):
    Photostability and phytotoxicity of selected sunscreen agents and their degradation mixtures in water
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 395 (5), 1513 - 1524
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2008 (7)

  • Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Riedl, J., (2008):
    Bioassays with unicellular algae: deviations from exponential growth and its implications for toxicity test results
    J. Environ. Qual. 37 (1), 16 - 21
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  • Brack, W., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Machala, M., Brix, R., Barceló, D., Schymanski, E., Streck, G., Schulze, T., (2008):
    How to confirm identified toxicants in effect-directed analysis
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 390 (8), 1959 - 1973
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  • Franz, S., Altenburger, R., Heilmeier, H., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2008):
    What contributes to the sensitivity of microalgae to triclosan?
    Aquat. Toxicol. 90 (2), 102 - 108
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  • McClellan, K., Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2008):
    Pollution-induced community tolerance as a measure of species interaction in toxicity assessment
    J. Appl. Ecol. 45 (5), 1514 - 1522
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  • Orendt, C., Wolfram, G., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2008):
    The chironomid communities (Pupal exuviae) of groyne fields in a large lowland river in central Europe (Elbe, Germany) and their potential use for ecotoxicological field studies
    Boletim do Museu Municipal do Funchal / Suplemento 13 , 69 - 75
  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2008):
    Community-level microalgal toxicity assessment by multiwavelength-excitation PAM fluorometry
    Aquat. Toxicol. 86 (1), 49 - 58
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Veit, U., Dudel, G., Altenburger, R., (2008):
    An ecological perspective in aquatic ecotoxicology: approaches and challenges
    Basic Appl. Ecol. 9 (4), 337 - 345
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2007 (4)

  • Adler, N.E., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2007):
    Flow cytometry as a tool to study phytotoxic modes of action
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 26 (2), 297 - 306
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  • Sabater, S., Guasch, H., Ricart, M., Romaní, A., Vidal, G., Klünder, C., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2007):
    Monitoring the effect of chemicals on biological communities. The biofilm as an interface
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 387 (4), 1425 - 1434
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2007):
    The use of pulse-amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorescence-based methods to evaluate effects of herbicides in microalgal systems of different complexity
    Toxicol. Environ. Chem. 89 (4), 651 - 667
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Bartels, P., Adler, N., Altenburger, R., (2007):
    Phytotoxicity assessment of diclofenac and its phototransformation products
    Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 387 (4), 1389 - 1396
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2005 (4)

  • Brack, W., Bakker, J., de Deckere, E., Deerenberg, C., van Gils, J., Hein, M., Jurajda, P., Kooijman, B., Lamoree, M., Lek, S., López de Alda, M.J., Marcomini, A., Muñoz, I., Rattei, S., Segner, H., Thomas, K., von der Ohe, P.C., Westrich, B., de Zwart, D., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2005):
    MODELKEY. Models for assessing and forecasting the impact of environmental key pollutants on freshwater and marine ecosystems and biodiversity
    Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 12 (5), 252 - 256
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2005):
    Predicting and observing responses of algal communities to photosystem II-herbicide exposure using pollution-induced community tolerance and species-sensitivity distributions
    Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 24 (2), 304 - 312
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2005):
    Toxic effects of isoproturon on periphyton communities - a microcosm study
    Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 62 (3), 539 - 545
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  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Altenburger, R., (2005):
    Lassen sich Ergebnisse aus ökotoxikologischen Einzelartentests auf aquatische Lebensgemeinschaften extrapolieren?
    Tagungsbericht 2004 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie e.V. (DGL) und der Deutschsprachigen Sektion der Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL). Potsdam, 20. - 24.09.2004
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Berlin, S. 556 - 560

2004 (3)

  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2004):
    Zeitskalen der Schadstoff-induzierten Toleranz von Aufwuchsgemeinschaften nach unterschiedlichen Expositionsszenarien mit Herbiziden
    Tagungsbericht 2003 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie e.V. (DGL) und der Deutschsprachigen Sektion der Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL). Band II, Köln, 29.09. - 03.10.2003
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Berlin, S. 575 - 579
  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Küster, A., Altenburger, R., (2004):
    Untersuchung schadstofftoleranter Aufwuchsgemeinschaften als ein Instrument zur Bewertung von Schadstoffen in Gewässern
    Tagungsbericht 2002 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL) und der deutschen und österreichischen Sektion der Societas Internationionalis Limnologiae (SIL). Band II, Braunschweig, 30.9.-4.10.2002
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Werder, p. 621 - 626
  • Schmitt-Jansen, M., Reiners, S., Altenburger, R., (2004):
    Biozönotische Testverfahren (PICT-Konzept). Analyse von Schadstoff-induzierten Effekten in Gewässern mit autotrophen Aufwuchszönosen
    UWSF 16 (2), 85 - 91
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2003 (1)

  • Altenburger, R., Schmitt-Jansen, M., (2003):
    Predicting toxic effects of contaminants in ecosystems using single species investigations
    In: Breure, A.M., Markert, B.A., Zechmeister, H.G., (eds.)
    Bioindicators & biomonitors. Principles, concepts and applications
    Trace Metals and other Contaminants in the Environment 6
    Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 153 - 198

2001 (2)

  • Köhler, J., Schmitt, M., Krumbeck, H., Kapfer, M., Lichtman, E., Neale, P.J., (2001):
    Effects of UV on carbon assimilation of phytoplankton in a mixed water column
    Aquat. Sci. 63 , 294 - 309
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  • Schmitt, M., (2001):
    Erfassung des Lichtklimas in einem kleinen Fließgewässer des Tieflandes mit einem LAI-canopy-analyser
    Tagungsbericht 2000 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL) und der deutschen und österreichischen Sektion der Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL), Magdeburg, 18. - 22.09.2000
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Tutzing, p. 697 - 701

2000 (1)

  • Schmitt, M., (2000):
    A comparison of methods to investigate the species composition and population structure of aquatic Heteroptera
    Mitt. Dtsch. Ges. Allg. Angew. Ent. 12 , 245 - 248