Goal of this project is a long-term monitoring of the ciliate fauna (phylum Ciliophora) within the ephemeral mires of Bornheim.

The city of Bornheim is located at the river Rhine in the middle between Bonn and Cologne. In the forests of Bornheim there are more than 20 ephemeral mires and a few permanent pools known. In German they are called "Maare", which is most probably a synonym of the French word "marais", denoting a pond or mire. The word is semantically different from the Maare in the Eifel region, that are volcanic craters. The mires of Bornheim are relicts of a formerly large area of wetlands. Until today drainage channels can be found in the forest and wet depressions are seen as spots in agricultural fields after heavy rain falls. The mires are spread along an area of at least 10 km length and 2 km width, starting in the south-east of Heimerzheim and ends before the pool area of Brühl.

I wish to thank my friends and supporters for the valuable feedback:

  • Dipl.-Biol. Ralf Fontes
  • Dipl.-Biol. Catherine Fehse, INRES, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Dr. Sebastian Hess, Institut für Zoologie, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Dr. Sergio A. Muñoz-Gómez, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Office for environmental protection of the Rhein-Sieg district

Methods: Fluorescence microscopy, ecology of the ciliates

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