Specialists in Assessment, Control and Monitoring of Aquatic Ecosystems and Hydrology
Aquatic Ecosystem Control and Hydrology Specialists

Aquatic Organisms Laboratory

Assessment, control and monitoring of Aquatic Ecosystems

Integral design and operation of water quality and control networks

Design of solutions for environmental recovery of aquatic ecosystems.


Aquatic Organisms Laboratory


  • Identification by conventional techniques (Accredited according to ISO 17025):
    • Diatoms
    • Macroinvertebrates
    • Phytoplankton
    • Macrophytes
    • Ichthyofauna
    • Zooplankton
    • Invasive alien species
  • Identification by molecular techniques:
    • Species identification by Barcoding
    • Species detection by environmental DNA and real time PCR techniques.
    • Characterization of biological communities by Metabarcoding techniques (massive sequencing).

Inland Waters

  • Sampling in any type of inland water bodies
  • Taxonomic determination and interpretation of results
  • Calculation of biological indices:
    • Rivers: Invertebrates (IBMWP, IMMi-T, METI, mbf, mbi, IASPT,…), Diatoms (IPS), Macrophytes (IBMR, IVAM, IM), Fish (EFI+ ) /
    • Lake: Invertebrates (IBCAEL: ABCO, RIC), Macrophytes (macrophyte richness, macrophyte cover, helophyte cover, phytoplankton).
    • Reservoirs: Phytoplankton (Biovolume, % of cyanobacteria, Chlorophyll A, IGA), column profiles, calculation of trophic state…
  • Detection and monitoring of cyanobacterial blooms
  • Analysis of cyanotoxins (microcystins)
  • Development of new biological indicators for water quality and study of the sensitivity to pressures
  • Monitoring of climate change using biological indicators
  • Calculation of hydromorphological indices in rivers and lakes (HMF, QBR, IHF, ECELS, etc.)
  • Consulting studies on aquatic ecosystems.

Water physicochemical indicators

  • In situ physicochemical parameters using multiparametric probes: Tº, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, etc
  • Sampling and analysis of physicochemical parameters in the laboratory
  • Determination of the degree of transparency in aquatic ecosystems
  • Gravity corer: deep sediment sampling technique in lakes and reservoirs
  • Sediment trap for calculation of sedimentation rates by means of replicate recording of samples of sediment material in lakes and reservoirs.

Invasive Alien Species (IAS)

  • Detection of incipient invasive species for early detection and subsequent analysis by optical or genetic means
  • Control or eradication of invasive alien species
  • Development of Risk Assessment Tools for the definition of potentially invasive areas
  • Research and development of new detection methodologies

Ecology of Marine Ecosystems

  • Laboratory identification sampling of marine invertebrate communities
  • Obtaining quality indexes for water masses evaluation according to RD817/15 (AMBI, BOPA, MEDOCC, BO2A, TASBEM,…)
  • Identification of marine phytoplankton for the evaluation of the status of water bodies and control of algal blooms
  • Bionomic mapping
  • Monitoring and mapping of threatened communities (phanerogams and marine invertebrates)
  • Detection and survey of Invasive Alien Species in marine environments
  • Environmental monitoring of projects and works in the marine environment
  • Carrying out restoration projects in the marine environment.

Hydrologic Planning and Hydrologic Studies

  • Ecological flow regime. Studies for the determination of the ecological flow regime in rivers
  • Bathymetries in inland waters (rivers, lakes…) and transitional waters
  • Hydrological planning studies in hydrographic basins: revisions of monitoring programs, characterization of inland, transitional and coastal water masses, drought plans, etc
  • Hydrology studies in temporary rivers. Application of the TREHS methodology of the TRIVERS project
  • Studies of pressures and impacts (IMPRESS) in river basins
  • Restoration projects in inland water bodies
  • Bathymetry in inland waters (rivers, lakes…) and transitional waters.

Why is an ecosystem
study of aquatic ecosystems
ecosystem study?

The study and control of aquatic ecosystems is necessary to establish measures for the conservation of the resource and for the protection of aquatic life. It is required among other scenarios for:

  • Evaluation and control of water quality and aquatic ecosystems
  • For the design and operation of water quality control networks
  • For the establishment of solutions for the environmental recovery of aquatic ecosystems.



The scientific and innovative character of Eurofins Environment Testing Spain, together with the experience accumulated in the field of Aquatic Ecology, makes it possible to offer an integral service of design, operation and control of networks and aquatic ecosystems. In order to carry out our work in this field, we have the latest technologies both in our testing laboratories and for field work, highly specialized sampling.

Why choose us?

01. Quality

Compliance with the highest quality standards.

02. Accreditations

Acreditación con máximo alcance.

03. Soluciones

Comprehensive environmental solutions

04. Prestige

Belonging to an international group of great prestige.

05. Experience

Expert team with maximum experience

06. Specialization

Consulting and specialized advice.

07. Extension

Maximum territorial scope.

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Our network of laboratories and centers has accreditations in practically all areas of the environment.
This guarantees our customers compliance with the most demanding quality standards, providing confidence and reliability of the results.

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