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FlowCam® Cyano Algae Analysis System Identifies Culprit in State of Emergency
The water sample taken from the St. Lucie River near the coastline of Ft. Pierce, Florida was loaded with blue-green algae when it arrived in Ben Spaulding's lab in Scarborough, Maine. As laboratory manager for Fluid Imaging Technologies, Spaulding ran the thick, green sample through the company's FlowCam Cyano to determine the types of algae that have devastated the Florida coastline and triggered a state of emergency. The FlowCam Cyano automatically detects, images and identifies thousands of individual algal cells in a sample in minutes and differentiates the toxic cyanobacteria from the harmless algal cells. Proprietary software allows further characterization using 30 different parameters involving size, shape and color.