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Insect communities were sampled in 12 sites representative of major vegetation types in the study area of the Alberta Oil Sands Environmental Research Program (AOSERP). Insect biomass in 1978 averaged 8.2 kg ha-2 (oven dry weight), ranging from 2.8 kg (jack pine site) to 31.1 kg (fen site). In...
Insects on the Suncor dike, a survey of the types present and an evaluation of their effects on dike vegetationDownload
An insect survey of the Suncor dike showed that these animals were abundant. Representatives of 50 insect families were collected in sweep net samples, and additional families were observed to be present. Grasshoppers belonging to at least five different species were collected, as were...
Approaches to the design of a biomonitoring program using arthropods as bioindicators for the AOSERP study areaDownload
Present oil sand extracting plants are licensed to emit up to 635 t of S02 per day, along with large quantities of other gasses and fly ash. Additional oil sand extraction plants are in the planning stages. The cumulative effect of additional plants will tax the ability of the local environment...
A review of the available literature was conducted on obligatory insectivorous animals expected or known to occur in the Alberta Oil Sands Environmental Research Program study area. Several biologists involved in studies of the area were contacted. Distribution, abundance in the AOSERP study...