FlowCam® for Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Analysis

Lake Ontario  FlowCam Cyano 10X IAGLR 2019Study phytoplankton and zooplankton with ease. The FlowCam provides a fast, accurate, and easy-to-use alternative to manual microscopy for monitoring phytoplankton community composition.

The 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, the FlowCam continues to advance imaging flow cytometry with improved optics, more robust analytical software, and faster throughput for rapid, more reliable, more accurate phytoplankton & zooplankton analysis. 

Use the 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 information to distinguish cyanobacteria from other algae
  • Calculate biovolume, concentration of organisms, and community size distribution 
  • Sort, filter, and classify organisms using semi-automated image recognition techniques 
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