Marine and Freshwater FlowCam Applications

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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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Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Research

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

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Monitor HAB growth and plankton availability for food supply in addition to tracking larvae growth

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Microalgae Cultivation

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

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Water Quality Monitoring

Predict harmful algae blooms and identify taste & odor organisms quickly and easily to avoid customer complaints

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Other Aquatic Applications

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

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Visit our FlowCam Aquatic Image Galleries to view images of marine and freshwater organisms and particles from around the globe.

FlowCam is an imaging flow cytometer that was developed at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in 1997 by Dr. Chris Sieracki, as a faster, more informative method of phytoplankton enumeration and marine water analysis than the existing technologies at the time. Since its development, FlowCam has found numerous applications in aquatic research and industry.