FlowCAM® Aquatic Applications

Portable FlowCAM on board research vessel in Oslo fjord

Developed originally for studying phytoplankton at Bigelow Laboratory for Oceanographic Sciences (BLOS) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the FlowCAM is now being used in a wide variety of research and production applications related to salt and fresh water. FlowCAM has become an internationally accepted research tool for oceanographers worldwide, with installations on six of seven continents (and occasional visits to the 7th!) and on board research vessels in every body of ocean water.

The same capabilities for rapidly and automatically counting different algae types in ocean waters have also appealed to fresh water scientists (limnologists) interested in algae. In particular, the FlowCAM’s ability to detect and quantify taste and odor causing algae, as well as cyanobacteria in freshwater sources is of significant value for municipalities monitoring their drinking water supplies.

FlowCAM’s equipped with the cross-polarization option are being used to detect and quantify invasive mussel species such as zebra and quagga mussels in the Western United States. Finally, the FlowCAM is proving to be an extremely useful tool to researchers and production departments working on the next generation biofuels being created from algal sources.



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