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Louise Brogan

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Middle School Students Excited by FlowCam on ME Bioscience Day

BioME’s 7th annual ME Bioscience Day was celebrated in Maine middle school classrooms over the week of November 14th, 2022. Aimed to get 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students excited about life science, the BioScience Association of Maine (BioME) extended invitations to science professionals from across the state to show students how the life sciences are being studied and applied right here in Maine. The day was able to return to a live format this year after occurring virtually in 2020 and 2021.

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Topics: News and Events, Aquatic Research

What is FlowCam?

People often ask us, "What is FlowCam?" and we answer with one of the following:

  • a flow imaging microscope
  • an imaging particle analyzer
  • a high-throughput dynamic microscope

Really, FlowCam is all of these things!

FlowCam is a precision instrument that captures high-resolution digital images of subvisible particles and microorganisms in a flowing liquid. With FlowCam, you can learn everything you need to know about the particles in your sample, including their size and shape, and how many there are of each type -and  FlowCam can do all of this within minutes!

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Topics: FlowCam Technology

What is Flow Imaging Microscopy?

Flow Imaging Microscopy is a fast and automated method to see highly-resolved digital images of microscopic particles in a flowing liquid. Using FlowCam, you can very quickly learn about the size, count, shape, and identity of the particles in your sample.

Flow Imaging Microscopy began as a novel concept when the first flow imaging microscope – FlowCam – was developed at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Then-available tools, a microscope for plankton identification and a flow cytometer for counting, were time-consuming and labor-intensive, so the scientists at Bigelow sought to develop a better method.

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Topics: FlowCam Technology