Imaging Flow Cytobot (IFCB)

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    The IFCB can scan water samples for phytoplankton (micro-algae) using flow cytometry, lasers and cameras. It then beams this data to the cloud for specialist analysis allowing phytoplankton detection and monitoring.

    The device works in the lab but, importantly, it is also submersible and can work unattended in-situ at an aquaculture site or monitoring station.

    By working around the clock, the IFCB detects early signs of harmful algal blooms, and this rapid detection can help to inform early stock management decisions that can protect the welfare and security of aquaculture stocks.

    Farm operators will be able to use the information collated to better understand the quality of the water and the impacts of this on their operations. They will also be able to understand how their activities impact on the natural environment.


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