Phytoplankton analysis with the scanning and imaging flow cytometer CytoSense was recently demonstrated to twenty-one early career scientists during the JERICO-Next summer school 2017. The event took place at the Sand Motor, an extensive coastal preservation pilot project nearby The Hague. This location served as an excellent showcase for studying multidisciplinary approaches to monitor coastal waters and analyze the resulting data.
JERICO-Next is a consortium of 33 partners who work together towards unifying and standardizing coastal observations in Europe. Eight CytoBuoy flow cytometers deployed in this important endeavor allow scientists to resolve major phytoplankton functional types within the entire size range: picophytoplankton (< 2 μm), nanoplankton (2-20 μm), microplankton (20-200 μm), mesoplankton (> 200 μm). The determined phytoplankton community structure is monitored in situ every few minutes.
It is not the first time when CytoBuoy flow cytometers are used for monitoring of phytoplankton community with high spatial and temporal resolution, some recent examples you can find in: