All identifications are made to the lowest practical level.
When a quantitative analysis of the algal community in a sample is required, an algal identification and enumeration can be requested. Counts can be performed on only a single group of algae (i.e. cyanobacteria) or on the entire algal population. Results for each species will be recorded in natural units/mL (cells, colonies, filaments) and cells/mL. Numbers for each group of algae (i.e. diatoms, green algae, cyanobacteria) will be tallied as well as the total sample cell density.
Isolation & Culture of Algae:
GreenWater Laboratories has the capability and the facilities to isolate algal species from field samples and grow them in unialgal cultures. A growth chamber with temperature and light control allows growth at optimal conditions.
GreenWater Laboratories also maintains a culture collection of cyanobacteria, including Cylindrospermopsis and Microcystis.
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