Biomonitoring and Environmental Specimen Banking

1996, Journals

Paulus, Martin; Klein, Roland; Wagner, Gerhard; Müller, Paul
Environmental Science and Pollution Research 3 (1996), 3, 169-177


The environmental specimen banking program (ESB) of the Federal Republic of Germany implies a collection of specimens from representative areas of Germany, stored under stable conditions for deferred analysis. It is an important part of the ecological assessment program. The ecological concept is presented as the frame of the entire ESB program. It is based on the selection of representative sampling areas and specimens. Standard operating procedures (SOP´s) for sampling and characterization of specimens, as well as sampling designs specific to the areas, are presented as further important parts of the quality assurance system in relation to the correct sampling of specimens.