Phytoplankton Analysis

Identification and Enumeration
Phytoplankton are identified and counted to Division, Genus, or Species level using optically clear slide mounts. Algal concentration with or without biovolume (as specified by client) is determined. Typical turn-around time is 16 weeks, but samples can be expedited for an additional fee. Counts include permanent archival slides (3 per sample). The archival slides are generally stored at our facility, but can be shipped to the client upon request. Interpretations, extensive explanations, and modifications to the initial data or report are additional to sample analysis and are billed hourly.

Analyses Targeted for Algal Blooms
We offer a qualitative species (when possible) assay weighted for biovolume to clients who need fast turn-around without detailed quantitative data. Call for current turn-around time. We also offer a single-species bloom scan with 24-hour turn-around.

Semi-Automated IFCB Analysis
Broad, semi-quantitative assessment of algal assembledge with rapid turn-around. This method has the most utility comparing dominant taxa groups, functional classes, and thresholds of critical water quality indicators. Click for details!

Microcystin Testing
Rapid stick-test for Microcystin toxin levels. 

Archiving
Optically clear, permanent archival slides (3 per sample) are created. The archival slides are generally stored at our facility, but can be shipped to the client upon request.

Microscopic Digital Photography
We are able to capture and provide high-resolution images of sample specimen with and without fluorescence (depending on preservative).