Laboratory Services

As AGFOCERT,  we completed our AGFOLAB ISO / IEC 17025 accreditation in 2016. Our accreditation scope includes the following analyzes:

  • Benthic Fauna Analysis (Fresh water and sea) (necessary land based farms and marine farms)
  • Trophic Situation Analysis (Lake eutrophication determination - necessary for cage farms)
  • Secchi Disk Measurement
  • Total Phosphorus
  • Chlorophyll-A

Biological Monitoring

  • Biological monitoring means the evaluation of environmental changes caused by human activities with the help of biological responses.
  • Physical and chemical monitoring determines the condition of water quality only at the time of sampling, only the chemicals analyzed.
  • Biological monitoring shows the cumulative effect of all parameters analyzed and not analyzed.
  • It provides determination of water quality by considering factors such as presence or absence, diversity and abundance of aquatic organisms.

Benthic Fauna Analysis

Benthic macro-invertebrates are accepted as the most suitable biological quality element for rivers. Many European experts recommend selecting benthic macro-invertebrates, which can react to many pressures in all river types.

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Marine Benthic Study

We are accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for marine benthic studies since 2019.  We use various type of graps and our calculations are based on Shannon-Wiener index.

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Trophic Status and Assimilation Capacity Assessment

Our laboratory department (AGFOLAB) performs Trophic Status and Assimilation Capacity analyzes based on total phosphorus, chlorophyll analysis, saturated oxygen measurements and turbidity (secchi disk) tests.  Within the framework of these evaluations, AGFOLAB has completed ISO / IEC 17025 accreditation from IAS:

  • Trophic Situation Analysis
  • Secchi Disk Measurement
  • Total Phosphorus
  • Chlorophyll-A

Water Framework Directive

The purpose of the Directive is to protect and develop water resources and to prevent deterioration in quality.

The main objective of the Directive is to prevent deterioration in the status of all surface water bodies, and to reach "good water" in all water bodies by 2015. It is achieved by reaching "good condition", "good ecological condition" and "good chemical condition" for surface waters.

The Directive covers all inland waters including surface and groundwater, transitional waters and coastal waters up to 1 nautical mile.

 

 

 

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