Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 599–601 | Cite as

Image analysis - a simple method of algal culture growth assessment

  • Tomáš HauerEmail author
  • Lukáš Jirka
Short Communication


A non-destructive method for the relative growth quantification of algae or cyanobacteria in the culture has been developed. It is based on image analysis and does not require any special equipment. Results provided by this method were compared with those provided by a chlorophyll a assessment, with a correlation factor of over 88%.

Key words

Algae Cyanobacteria Relative growth quantification Image analysis 



The authors wish to thank Dr. Jan Kaštovský from the Faculty of Biological Sciences of University of South Bohemia for help with the experiment design and Dr. Alena Lukešová from the Institute of Soil Biology AS CR for providing the strains and consultations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Plant EcologyInstitute of Botany AS CRTřeboňCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Biological Sciences, Department of BotanyUniversity of South BohemiaČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic
  3. 3.Český KrumlovCzech Republic

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