[ad#The Buzz Sponsor Ad]

Fluid Imaging Contracts with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

September 17, 2012
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Water quality instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, of Yarmouth, Maine has contracted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the sale of the company’s automated FlowCAM® particle imaging and analysis system.

To be deployed in the Huntington District, Huntington, West Virginia, the FlowCAM is intended to speed the detection and identification of cyanobacteria and other algal cells in source water and permit advisories to be issued to the public more quickly than possible when using manual microscopy. The Huntington District Corps of Engineers manages 311 navigable miles of the Ohio River in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, plus nine major tributaries and operates 35 multi-purpose reservoirs that provide drinking water to the region.

FlowCAM PV Series Imaging Particle Analysis

FlowCAM PV Series Imaging Particle Analysis

While the large majority of these reservoirs have never experienced toxin producing algal blooms, an increasing awareness of harmful algal blooms and their role in public safety were factors in the purchase, according to Jonathan Dawson, sales manager, municipal market for Fluid Imaging Technologies.

“Using a microscope typically requires at least a week after sampling to document the presence of algal cells and a trained phycologist to identify the species, provide a count and determine if advisories are needed,” said Dawson. “If that knowledge can be provided faster, then the water quality department will be in a better position to provide information to the public.”

The FlowCAM automatically detects, images, measures and identifies thousands of individual particles and microorganisms in a sample in seconds and saves the images and data for analysis. FlowCAM customers include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. EPA, U.S. Naval Research Labs, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, The Bureau of Reclamation and Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

More Buzz…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2012 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with wa...
Western Morning News reports that Westcountry scientists in the U.K. are using algae to develop an innovative new method of cleaning up contaminated mine water while harv...
Kevin Valine at the Modesto Bee writes that the California city of Modesto may sell the algae that grows in its roughly 1,000 acres of sewer ponds at its Jennings Road wa...
Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism...
There are around 4500 dairy farms in Victoria, Australia, according to Business Victoria. Together they produced about 86 per cent of Australia’s dairy product exports, w...
OriginClear Inc. and partner AlgEternal have announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, they believe their pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear tech...
Tom Redmond and Yuko Takeo report for Bloomberg.com that, after 10 years of developing algae as a nutritional supplement generating $37.8 million in annual revenue, Japan...
Glass tubing manufacturer SCHOTT, and Algatechnologies Ltd. (Algatech), a commercial algae producer and one of the largest manufacturers of natural astaxanthin, have part...
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built a one-of-a-kind technical facility for algae cultivation at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn, to the south of Muni...
Ewen Callaway writes in the jounal Nature that restrictions on harvests and exports of Gelidium seaweed in Morocco have affected the global supply of the lab reagent agar...
Professor David Sinton of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has been awarded a 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Nat...
S V Krishna Chaitanya writes for the New Indian Express that a scientist from Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in South India, is playing a ke...