Why is registration required?
How do you police compliance?
Should the DDA not be free for all?
Where does the money go?
about the DDA method
Why has the DDA method been overlooked?
Why the name Dark Decay Assay?
What is the difference between hion and hydrogen ion?
What were your lucky moments?
Do I need an incubator for a tropical aquarium?
about science and ecology
Are decomposers a real ecofactor since all others are physical, not biotic?
Shouldn't you have identified the species in your samples?
Q: Why is registration required?
Q: How do you police compliance?
A: It is not possible to police the unauthorised use of the DDA method. There will always be people who do not wish to pay for whatever reasons. But government departments, reputable institutions and firms cannot afford a law suit that would cost thousands more than the meager DDA registration. There are always whistle blowers and employees who check the honesty of their employers, and there is an army of bounty hunters who make a living from detecting unauthorised use. I hope that on the other hand, there will be many who wish to donate in addition to the DDA registration, simply because they wish to support a good cause.
Q: Should the DDA not be free for all?
A: Ideally, Yes. It is not unthinkable that a large organisation like the United Nations or the US Government or even the New Zealand Government buy the world rights and thereby make the DDA free for all.
Q: Where does the money go?
A: All moneys go towards the Seafriends Foundation once all outstanding debts have been cleared. The Seafriends Foundation aims to save the seas with common sense for future generations. Doing the right thing for the right reasons, at the right time. There is a lot of work to do.
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Q: why has the DDA method been overlooked?
Science is like Swiss cheese: full of holes - Floor Anthoni, 2006
Q: Why the name Dark Decay Assay?
A: Apart from the idea that these three words form alliteration (same letters at the beginning of words) and rhyme (same letters or sounds at the ending of words), the essence of the method is to put the samples in the dark, which stops the activity of the producers (all plants) and eventually kills them. The resulting activity is purely decay, caused by the present decomposers such as bacteria. This decay frees up hydrogen ions, which is measured with an accurate pH meter. The word assay means test with the purpose of obtaining a quantity. The combination is not in use elsewhere and when searching on Internet for these three words, one should find all the relevant DDA work published. Note that another important property of the DDA is that test vials are sealed such that gases cannot escape. Note also that the acronym DDA is used in several other meanings.
Q: What is the difference between hion and hydrogen ion?
A: A hydrogen ion is a hydrogen atom that has lost (or shares) one electron (H+) and which is measured by a pH meter. The hion (lower case) is a unit of decomposed biomass corresponding to the number of hydrogen ions that make up a pH of 9. The hion is based on two assumptions: 1) that the number of hydrogen ions decomposed corresponds to the biomass decomposed. 2) that when decomposition ends, all (or almost all) biomass has been decomposed and the pH difference in hion is equal (or almost equal) to the biomass in the sample. Note that rather than biomass, the density or biodensity (biomass per litre) is measured. The hion may prove to be a more accurate way of measuring biodensity than any other existing method.
In short: hion= biodensity or biomass per litre; hydrogen ion= a hydrogen atom with a loose or lost electron.
Q: In every major discovery there has always been an element of luck.
Which was yours?
A: A very profound question, since at first one doesn't recognise one's luck, wrongfully assuming to be smart or so. My luck came perhaps in stages:
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Q: Are decomposers a real ecofactor since all others are physical,
Q: Shouldn't you have identified the species in your samples?
A: Ideally, yes. But plankton species identification is a very specialised job using powerful optical and electron microscopes. It is slow and costly, yet it overlooks the hundreds of minute species (bacteria) of the decomposer guild. The DDA has shown that very important conclusions can be drawn, even when not knowing which species take part. Perhaps we should look at plankton as a single compound species with many organs (real species) that can be mounted and dismounted when needed.