Turner Designs has introduced the PhytoCyt Flow Cytometer, a cell analysis system specially designed for marine applications and developed in partnership with flow cytometry innovator Accuri Cytometers. Compact (23'W x 17'D), lightweight (less than 30 pounds), sturdy, easy-to-use and with no special power requirements, the PhytoCyt works as well on board a ship as in a traditional laboratory.
The PhytoCyt Flow Cytometer includes blue and red lasers, two scatter detectors, and four fluorescence detectors. The optical filters and lasers used in the system have been optimised for the detection of the endogenous fluorophores common to phytoplankton including phycoerythrin, chlorophyll, and phycocyanins. One of the detectors has been optimised for green fluorescence detection which allows labelling with exogenous reagents, if desired. A peristaltic pump system is used for sample delivery which allows the volume to be measued, and thus absolute counts of populations, to be determined while still maintaining the advantages of hydrodynamic focusing for small particle detection. http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachPressRelease.aspx?cid=35120&codi=203164