FlowCam® Algae Analysis for Limnology and Freshwater Research

freshwater-algae-main-flowcam-imageAlgae are important within freshwater ecosystems. They form the base of the food chain, and play a crucial role in it's ability to absorb nutrients and heavy metals. Excessive growth can cause algae blooms though, which can pose a risk to humans, animals and water quality. 

Monitoring algae populations is essential when monitoring the health of lakes and other freshwater environments. FlowCam reduces your analysis time, allowing you to advance your research quickly with more comprehensive data.

FlowCam® Aquatics Brochure

Quickly Monitor your Algae Populations with FlowCam®

FlowCam is an internationally-accepted research tool, with installations on six continents, and occasional visits to the 7th! It’s used in labs – and also on docks and vessels across the globe. Our customers utilize the FlowCam for a variety of freshwater research applications, including:

  • Algae Characterization
  • Population Dynamics
  • Environmental Monitoring

See how your colleagues are using the FlowCam to further their research in our list of papers and articles that feature the FlowCam.

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Why FlowCam® for Freshwater Research?

Fast Analysis, Detailed Measurements and High-Resolution Images!

  • Quickly count, capture, and save images of microorganisms in a fluid stream.  
  • Obtain size, shape, fluorescence, and concentration statistics in a fraction of the time required by traditional microscopy -  typically up to 10,000 images/minute
  • Capture high-resolution, microscopic, digital algae images that are instantly analyzed by VisualSpreadsheet® giving you up to 30 different measurements in real-time.
  • Use fluorescence capabilities to get access to spectral data like you would get from a flow cytometer to further discriminate algal cells.

Automated Algae Classification

VisualSpreadsheet allows you to sort, filter, and classify particle images interactively – and even automate the process!

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Configurable to Meet your Research Goals

  • Analysis of algae from 2 µm to 2 mm: Easy to alternate between multiple analytical ranges.
  • Benchtop and portable models available: Use in the lab or in the field
  • Flexible sample introduction: Discrete or continuous, in-situ sampling

Options Include:  2x, 4x, 10x, or 20x objectives; cross-polarized illumination, 488 or 532nm laser, and color  or black & white camera.

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FlowCam® Image Gallery - Freshwater Organism

  • Algae Carvins Cove Reservoir Virginia

    Algae Carvins Cove Reservoir Virginia

  • Algae-from-Lake-Jesup-Florida-image

    Algae from Lake Jesup Florida

  • algae-from-pond-water-sample

    Algae from Pond Water Sample

  • algae-preserved-in-lugols-from-Reservoir-in-China

    Algae Preserved in Lugols from Reservoir in China

  • Anabaena-imaged-at-10x-maginfication

    Anabaena imaged at 10x maginfication

  • diatom-frustules-image

    Diatom Frustules

  • Diatoms-Schuylkill-River-Philadelphia-Pennsylvania-image

    Diatoms Schuylkill River Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Hannaea-sp-Lake-Baikal-Russia

    Hannaea sp. Lake Baikal Russia

  • Microcystis-from-Lake-Champlain-image

    Microcystis from Lake Champlain

  • Schulykill-River-Algae

    Schulykill River Algae

  • taste-and-odor-algae-from-carvins-cove-reservoir-virginia-image

    Taste and Odor Algae from Carvins Cove Reservoir Virginia

  • Volvox-ferrisii-in-culture-image

    Volvox ferrisii in culture


Nuisance Algae Guide

Contains 49 different nuisance algae and cyanobacteria species imaged by FlowCAM.

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Customer Profile

Customer Profile

See how Colby College used the FlowCam to help them investigate lake ecosystem changes due to shoreline development. 




View Imaging Particle Analysis in CA Environmental Monitoring presented by Dr. Peggy Lehman.

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