Application Note: Advanced Analysis of Aquatic Plankton Using Flow Cytometry
12 January 2016

This application note examines the distribution and abundance of the phytoplankton, bacterial, and viral fractions of seawater determined using the two elements of the ACEA Biosciences Novocyte™ benchtop flow cytometer; volumetric sample delivery via precise syringe injection and extended fluorescence profiling with three excitation lasers. Flow cytometry has routinely been used to study phytoplankton by taking advantage of innate fluorescence molecules that distinguish different species and their physiological conditions. Recent advances in cytometer design and functionality have modernized certain aspects of marine biology applications creating a more accurate, data-rich, and timely assessment of microscopic marine organisms.