Individual and Bulk Analysis of the Optical Properties of Marine Particulates: Examples of Merging these Two Scales of Analysis
In recent years cytofluorometric and microphotometric techniques have significantly contributed to the field of biological and optical oceanography. Such determinations have enabled us to better understand the composition of some natural phytoplankton communities. We can now discriminate between Synechococcus clone types in the ocean, sort and analyze minute prochlorophytes, follow microalgae cell cycles, and determine the spectral absorption properties of individual cells as well as detrital particulates of field samples. Analysis at the individual level constitutes another valuable tool for the study of phytoplankton cells and detrital particulates in aquatic systems.
KeywordsSpectral Absorption Fluorescence Excitation Spectrum Bulk Analysis Spectral Absorption Coefficient Blank Filter
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