Algae Identification and Characterization Using FlowCAM®

FlowCAM enables more rapid, automated identification and characterization of algal species. Typically, this task is carried out manually by trained operators using microscopes. This method is very time consuming, and as a result makes it difficult to process enough sample to get high statistical confidence in the results.

Algae characterization 

 Algae Characterization using FlowCAM
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With FlowCAM, "libraries" of specific target algal species are first built by selecting representative images acquired with the instrument that are typical of the species. After the libraries are built, every time a new sample is run through the FlowCAM, each algal cell imaged is compared against these libraries.  Statistical pattern recognition algorithms identify which library the algal cell most closely resembles. The figure at right shows an example of this.


Submit this form to request more detailed information, request a quote, or request a free sample analysis! Send us your fluid sample and we will provide for free:

  • A Web-based interactive presentation of the results
  • A scattergram showing the size and distribution of particles
  • An Excel spreadsheet with all the measurement data, including count, length, width, and ESD.
  • Digital images of the cells and particles in your sample