Aquatic Applications of the FlowCam®

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Phytoplankton & Zooplankton Analysis

A fast, accurate, and easy-to-use alternative to manual microscopy for monitoring phytoplankton community composition

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Drinking Water Monitoring

Reduce labor hours, detect nuisance algae, and predict harmful algae blooms or taste & odor events 

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Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

Differentiate cyanobacteria from other algae to quickly verify the presence and quantity of cyanobacteria 

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Microalgae Cultivation & Industrial Research

Prevent culture crash with high-throughput monitoring of algae in real-time

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Other Aquatic Applications

New applications for the FlowCam are constantly developed, from microplastics research and aquaculture to invasive, to ballast water and paleolimnology 

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FlowCam Aquatic Image Galleries

View galleries of marine and freshwater FlowCam images from around the globe

The FlowCam is an imaging flow cytometer that was developed at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in 1997 by Dr. Chris Sieracki, the current Chairman and primary founder of Fluid Imaging Technologies (now YFT), as a faster, more informative method of phytoplankton enumeration and analysis than the existing technologies at the time. Since its development, the FlowCam has found numerous applications in aquatic research and industry.