Novel methods for automated in situ observations of phytoplankton diversity. WP.3, D3.1,Version 9.
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Phytoplankton forms the base of the marine food web. The number of phytoplankton taxa in the sea have been estimated to be over 10 000. All of them are primary producers but the ecological function of the different taxa varies. Many species can not only utilize light as an energy source but also feed on other organisms. Some of the species are harmful, e.g. producing phycotoxins that may accumulate in sea food and pose a threat to human health. Phytoplankton vary in size and shape; the size range is approximately 0.8 µm to 0.5 mm. Colonies of cells may be a few mm in size. Traditionally phytoplankton is monitored by collecting water samples and analysing them manually using microscopy. This is a good but labour-intensive method. The last few decades novel methodologies have been developed to be able to process a much larger number of samples compared to microscopy and to do it automated and autonomously. The novel methodologies include optical methods and also molecular biologi.....
PublisherIFREMER for JERICO-NEXT
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Phytoplankton biomass and diversity
Best Practice TypeGuide
CitationKarlson, B.; Artigas, F.; Créach, V.; Louchart, A.; Wacquet , G. and Seppälä, J. (2017) Novel methods for automated in situ observations of phytoplankton diversity. WP.3, D3.1, Version 9. IFREMER for JERICO-NEXT, 69pp. ( JERICO-NEXT-WP3-D3.1). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-219