CytoSense experience during the JERICO-Next summer school 2017

16.08.2017  by  Lucyna Wlodarczyk

Young researchers learn about the benefits of the CytoSense during the JERICO-Next summer school 2017 organized near The Hague (The Netherlands). (Photo credit: Anouk Blauw, Deltares)

Study area of the JERICO-Next summer school: the Sand Motor project on the Dutch North Sea coast. (Photo credit: Joop van Houdt, Deltares, RWS)

An example of phytoplankton community structure analyzed fresh in situ at high spatial frequency (every kilometer of a ship cruise) over several months using the CytoSense on board. (Bonato et al. Journal of Marine Systems 2016)

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:  

Bonato et al. (2016, 2015), Thyssen et al. (2015), Dugenne et al. (2014)