FlowCam For Phytoplankton & Zooplankton Image Analysis

FlowCam images showing morphology of algae, phytoplankton, zooplanktonStudy phytoplankton and zooplankton with ease. FlowCam provides a fast, accurate, and easy-to-use alternative to manual microscopy for monitoring phytoplankton biovolume and community composition.

FlowCam combines the functionality of an imaging flow cytometer and a microscope in a single, powerful research tool: fluorescence analysis, digital images, physical measurements, biovolume calculations, robust statistical analysis, and semi-automated classification of organisms. 

Since its inception in 1997 at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, FlowCam continues to advance imaging flow cytometry with improved optics, more robust analytical software, and faster throughput for rapid, more reliable, more accurate analysis of phytoplankton & zooplankton morphology. 

Use FlowCam to:

  • Quickly count, capture, and save images of plankton — Process a 1 mL sample of organisms <100 µm in 6 minutes
  • Obtain size, shape, fluorescence, and concentration statistics in a fraction of the time required by traditional microscopy, typically up to 10,000 images/minute
  • Use fluorescence to identify and characterize organisms
  • Calculate biovolume, concentration of organisms, and community size distribution 
  • Sort, filter, and classify organisms by morphology using semi-automated image recognition techniques 
  • Identify & enumerate phytoplankton and micro zooplankton
  • Monitor cyanobacteria and nuisance algae
  • Characterize particles with fluorescing probes
  • Ecosystem Analysis
  • Monitor culture contamination 
  • Analyze sediment: tephra, foraminifera, paleolimnology 

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Customer Quote:

“For the first time, we were able to see how the kind of phytoplankton influenced the optical properties of the seawater and could immediately examine whether an unusual community was related to the seawater or to the satellite images, thanks to FlowCam. FlowCam technology allows us to achieve high-resolution maps of phytoplankton that can be related to satellite data in more meaningful ways than possible before. I think the role of FlowCam will expand significantly." 

--Prof. Joaquim Goes, a biological oceanographer from Columbia University, on FlowCam's use in NASA's open ocean phytoplankton ground truthing study


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